Middlesbrough-based PD Ports is celebrating gaining recognition for its community engagement by Business in the Community.
During the Responsible Business Awards 2015, the port operator gained shortlisted status in the ‘Freshfields Work Inclusion Award’ and received re-accreditation of a ‘Big Tick’, first awarded last year.
The Responsible Business Awards are the most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad. They celebrate inspirational companies that are taking action to address social and environmental issues and transform their communities.
PD Ports received shortlisted status for its Dock Operative Apprenticeship scheme, which was established in 2011.
The apprenticeship was created to offer the long term unemployed a route into permanent work.
In 2014, PD Ports was awarded a Big Tick in the category of ‘Inspiring Young Talent’ in support of the High Tide Foundation’s Summer Scheme.
Since High Tide launched, more than 40 PD Ports employees have volunteered to assist in the delivery of the charity’s programmes.
PD Ports CEO David Robinson (pictured above) said: “As one of the region’s largest employers it is our responsibility along with the rest of the business community to raise aspirations of Teesside’s young people and make employment opportunities more accessible.
“It is hoped that through this recognition we can inspire other businesses to get more involved with community-led projects.”
All shortlisted companies will be celebrated through a series of Responsible Business Gala events taking place across the UK in June.