Recognising London businesses for stepping up to help local communities, the Lord Mayor of the City of London has announced the shortlist for the 2011 Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards.
Unemployment figures have risen by 13,000 in London alone in the last year. So it is particularly good news that the businesses recognised in the Dragon Awards shortlist have helped UK’s hardest-to-reach groups into employment. They have collectively created more than 700 tailored jobs, apprenticeships and internships in the capital.
Finalists include KPMG, Investec, Bank of America, Lloyd’s of London, Deutsche Bank and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP among others.
Announcing this year’s shortlist, Lord Mayor of the City of London Michael Bear said: “Over 80 businesses from across London put forward community engagement initiatives for this year’s Dragon Awards, demonstrating that social responsibility is becoming ingrained in corporate culture in many of our best companies.
“Together, this year’s entrants have helped over 90,000 people and provided nearly 40,000 hours of volunteering which has a monetary value of over half a million pounds. The Dragon Awards illustrate that all businesses, of all sizes and with all sorts of budgets, can make a difference. If every firm in London stepped up to the plate the potential for the capital is vast,” he added.
Chaka Brown, who has been out of work for five years, is currently on her placement at Freshfields through the Ready for Work programme. She said: “Before, I wasn’t used to being around people but this experience has really helped me build my confidence – I’ve had interview training and help with CV writing, which have really helped. I have an interview next week to enrol on a legal secretarial course that I hope to start in September. I wouldn’t be doing that if it wasn’t for the Ready to Work programme.”
Winners will be announced at the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards ceremony at Mansion House in the City of London on September 20 2011.
The 2011 Categories:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch for their Financial Education & Employability Programme
UBS for UBS and The Bridge Academy
KPMG for Co-Sponsorship of the City Academy, Hackney
For companies that are contributing to the economic regeneration of an area.
AEG Europe/The O2 for Economic Regeneration
Investec for Investec Economic Regeneration Programme
Lakehouse for Building Lives / Lakehouse Legacy
For companies working on projects that aim to decrease social exclusion and/or help improve the quality of life for socially excluded groups of people.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for Ready for Work
ISG for Downside Fisher Youth Club Community Engagement
Lend Lease for BeOnsite
For community organisations (charities, schools or community groups) in London that play a critical role in the delivery of corporate social responsibility objectives.
New Horizon Youth Centre for Buzzacott Chartered Accounts
St Luke’s Trust for Hogan Lovell’s LLP
Arrival Education for Investec
Inspire! The education businesses partnership for Hackney for Linklaters
This award is for companies who have set up an effective corporate community involvement programme for the first time in the last three years. H
eFinancialCareers for Future Unlimited
Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited for St Paul’s Way Trust School – Catlin Partnership
Speechly Bircham LLP for Speechly Bircham’s CSR programme
Olswang LLP for Heart of the City
For companies that have shown a long-term, sustainable commitment to a wide-ranging programme of community engagement in London, characterised by outstanding levels of staff involvement at all levels of the organisation and a strong evidence of leadership from the top and a commitment to the integration of community involvement into organisational life.
Deutsche Bank for Corporate Citizenship UK
Lloyd’s for Lloyd’s Community Programme
Financial Services Authority for Community Affairs Programme
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP for Freshfields London Community Programme
LondonlovesBusiness.com will be attending Tuesday’s awards ceremony, so please do visit us again on Wednesday to find out the final award winners.