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Fujitsu named Responsible Business of the Year at Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards

Company recognised as the organisation most effectively integrating sustainability issues and promoting the use of technology as a force for good

Fujitsu UK & Ireland

London, July 23, 2015

Fujitsu has been named Responsible Business of the Year at Business in the Community’s 2015 Annual Responsible Business Gala in London. The award recognises Fujitsu’s role in effectively influencing others to collaborate and create the conditions for long-term sustainable change. The organisation was commended for embedding sustainability into its business strategy, displayed exceptional leadership and reach within and beyond its own sector to help build the wider movement of responsible business.

The event at the Royal Albert Hall was the culmination of the 2015 Responsible Business Awards, run by The Prince of Wales’s business charity Business in the Community to celebrate innovative ways that businesses in the UK and abroad are addressing pressing social and environmental issues and transforming communities.

Commenting on the award Gavin Bounds, Chief Operating Officer, EMEIA,  Fujitsu said,
“Our belief is that business can be a force for good as well as a commercial enterprise. Society has many challenges, from  healthcare shortages, to the environment and unemployment and businesses such as ours are able to help address such issues. We have made sure that social responsibility is part of the company culture, whilst also investing in technical R&D aimed at solving some of the world’s great problems. We are therefore delighted to accept the position of Responsible Business of the Year and will use it to encourage our staff, partners, customers and competitors to put social responsibility at their core.”

Over 400 companies entered the 2015 Responsible Business Awards. The winners represent the varied ways that businesses can make a sustained difference, tackling a breadth of issues from youth unemployment to dementia friendly financial services, reducing dependency on natural resources, creating jobs for SME’s and addressing the ebola crisis.

Commenting Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business in the Community said,
“Every year, the Responsible Business Awards provide a tantalising glimpse of the potential of business as a force for good in society. From the largest global multinational to the smallest local firm, these inspirational winners prove that every business can and should play its part to build a fairer society for us all. I congratulate Fujitsu for the practical action it has taken to address some of our most pressing issues, and for proving that making a difference and being a successful business are not mutually exclusive.”

Over 1,200 senior guests, from SME owners to the CEOs of global brands attended the Annual Responsible Business Gala which was supported by 2014 Responsible Business of the Year, National Grid. The event was hosted by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman with entertainment from comedian Adam Hill.

Prime Minister David Cameron praised winners via video message saying:  “On behalf of the whole country, I want to say thank you to all of you, for what you are doing to show that responsible business is good business and something we should all be very proud of.”

To find out more about Fujitsu’s award entry, along with the full list of 2015 winners visit www.bitc.org.uk/awardstories.

About the Responsible Business Awards

Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards celebrate the powerful and positive role of business in society. The Awards are the most prestigious and respected corporate responsibility awards, set up to identify and celebrates businesses of all sizes in the UK and abroad whose programmes are tackling key social and environmental issues to create a fairer society and more sustainable future for all.

Now in its 18th year, the Responsible Business Awards are rigorously assessed by independent peers from businesses and other industry experts. The awards are widely acknowledged as one of the most respected endorsements of responsible business.

The awards in numbers

In 2015 Business in the Community received 414 entries for the Responsible Business Awards shortlisted 145 and chose 63 finalists. 15 companies were named winner.

About Fujitsu Global

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Fujitsu UK & Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 12,000 people with an annual revenue of £1.67 billion. Additionally, Fujitsu’s other operations in the UK bring its total employee numbers to over 14,000 and its total revenues to £1.8 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: http://uk.fujitsu.com

Lorna Hughes

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Ochuko Adekoya

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Date: 23 July, 2015
City: London