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Gentoo celebrates Gold award win

The Gentoo Group has been awarded the Gold standard in Business in the Community’s (BITC) 2012 Corporate Responsibility Index.

This award is a massive coup for the social housing provider, who pride themselves on working towards finding innovative solutions to improve living conditions for individuals across the region.

In the past 10 years, the number of businesses integrating corporate responsibility into their overall strategy has increased from 61% TO 90%, and now 92% of companies discuss corporate responsibility areas at board meetings.

Achieving the Gold standard means the Gentoo has demonstrated openness and transparency through effective public reporting of its material environmental and social issues, programmes and performance.

Peter Walls, Chief Executive of Gentoo Group said “We are delighted to have achieved GOLD in BITC’s Corporate Responsibility Index 2012.

“Gentoo is about improving the art of living beyond our imagination by investing in people, property and planet.

“It is our goal to make our society a better place to live and to inspire and empower people to live their life to the full. The work we do makes a real difference to people’s lives and we are delighted that the positive impact we make has been recognised.”

Gold companies also tend to expand and adapt their risk management processes by incorporating relevant aspects of corporate responsibility risk and opportunity. Their corporate responsibility strategy is articulated in an effective manner and includes clear and measurable targets.

Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said: “I congratulate Gentoo
Group on achieving Gold in the 2012 BITC Corporate Responsibility Index. The CR Index has helped to highlight clearly those best practice examples that bring to life in a powerful way what integrated responsible practice really looks like.

“As we celebrate 10 years of our CR Index it has given me great pleasure to witness each company’s responsible business journey and the transformations they are making both within their businesses and the impact they have in our communities”.

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