BritishAmerican Business Honours Jim Barber, UPS and Jayne-Anne Gadhia, Virgin Money at 15th Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards Dinner


London – On 6 June 2018, BritishAmerican Business (BAB) presented its Corporate Citizenship Awards for 2018 to Jim Barber, Chief Operating Officer, UPS, and Jayne-Anne Gadhia CBE, Chief Executive, Virgin Money, in recognition of their exceptional commitment to corporate citizenship. The Awards were presented at a black-tie Dinner, which took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall, City of London.

BAB’s Corporate Citizenship Award Dinner is a highlight of London’s transatlantic business calendar, which brought together more than 150 influential business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic as well as other dignitaries including senior representatives from both the UK and US Governments and the Deputy Mayor of London for Business, Rajesh Agrawal.

Past honourees have included Douglas Flint, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr., Xavier Rolet KBE, Stephen McGill, Arun Sarin, Lord Browne, Peter Voser, Sir Martin Sorrell and Sir Michael Rake.

Duncan Edwards, CEO, BritishAmerican Business said:

“BritishAmerican Business is proud to recognise Jim Barber and Jayne-Anne Gadhia for their outstanding contributions to corporate citizenship.

Our two Honourees share outstanding business leadership with responsible decision making, as shown by the innovative partnerships and initiatives that mark their individual approaches to corporate citizenship.

These leaders have put values into action to drive prosperity and economic development in local and global communities.

On behalf of BritishAmerican Business and our members on both sides of the Atlantic, we are proud to champion and honour their valuable contributions which deliver sustainable economic and social benefits for business and people around the world.”

 Jim Barber, COO, UPS said:

“Purpose plays an important role in business today. And UPS’ smart global logistics network is built with the purpose of making global trade happen. But we go further. Our human and operational network also helps build stronger, safer and more resilient communities.

UPS and the UPS Foundation partner with organizations around the world to support volunteerism which is core to UPS’s corporate citizenship.

In the UK alone, our employees volunteered nearly 30,000 hours last year in support of UPS’s global goal of 20 million community service hours by the end of 2020. And the generosity of our employees gives me confidence to say that we’re right on track to achieve our 2020 goal.”

Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO, Virgin Money said:

“At Virgin Money our ambition has always been to make everyone better off. This means that we always look for ways of doing things that benefit customers, staff, shareholders and the community. As such, I am honoured to receive the BritishAmerican Business Corporate Citizenship Award in recognition of all of the fantastic initiatives being delivered by my Virgin Money colleagues. 

The Virgin Money Foundation, led by Nancy Doyle-Hall has helped regenerate economically and socially deprived communities in our heartlands of the North East, Scotland and more recently Norfolk. In a very real way, the Foundation is helping to make lives better and driving positive change. And Virgin Money Giving, our not-for-profit online donation business led by Jo Barnett, was created to help fundraisers and charities raise more money for good causes. Since launching in 2009 it has gone on to help raise an incredible £600 million for charity and, because it is a not-for-profit company, more money goes directly where it’s needed most.

 Of course, being a responsible business also means being inclusive and I would like to thank Emily Cox for everything she did to support my Review into the representation of women in finance. This work resulted in The Women and Finance Charter and more than 200 major financial institutions have signed up and committed to improve the gender balance at the top of their organisation. Achieving a balanced workforce at all levels and offering fairness and equality of opportunity for both men and women means that our workplaces are greatly enriched and it is an economic necessity if we are to drive innovation, power productivity and compete on a global stage.”

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