CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PROGRAMME – LARGE
WINNER: KILWAUGHTER MINERALS
Corporate Social Responsibility Programme (Large) winners Kilwaughter Minerals. Pictured are Fiona Byrne, Kilwaughter Minerals; Niall McAleer from award sponsor Options Technology and Caroline Rowley, Kilwaughter Minerals.
Kilwaughter Minerals’ evolution ensures opportunities throughout the community
Over the last 84 years, Kilwaughter Minerals has evolved from a quarry in Larne to incorporate manufacturing operations over 100 acres and four distribution centres in Great Britain and Ireland, and is now a proud employer of over 200 staff and consistently ranked one of NI’s Top 100 Businesses.
Yet, despite significant and impressive growth, its community roots remain at the epicentre of the organisation and bettering Larne and surrounding areas is steadfast in both Kilwaughter’s ethos and overarching business strategy.
Kilwaughter Minerals hasacomprehensive and extensive CSR strategy which sees thousands of pounds and hundreds of employee volunteer hours invested annually to ensure its delivery. Their strong credentials were rewarded at the WEA awards, as Kilwaughter claimed the prize for Corporate Social Responsibility programme (Large).
Kilwaughter Minerals truly believes that local communities should benefit from its presence and a commitment to social value is in the company’s DNA.
Its 20-year partnership with Access Employment Limited (AEL) is testament to that, and proof that the leading quarry and mineral processor was a champion of CSR long before it was a ‘thing’ and before organisations were required by Boards to invest and report and include it in their ESG strategies. AEL, established in 1999, was Northern Ireland’s first social enterprise and aimed to offer disadvantaged people access to a wide range of inclusive, community based, educational, and social opportunities to enhance their lifestyle and employment prospects.
“Our winner was a champion of CSR long before it was a ‘thing’ and before organisations were required to report their strategies. It has a clearly defined ethos and commitment to providing equal opportunities and using its expertise to teach others transferable skills to build brighter futures.”
“This aligned perfectly with Kilwaughter’s ethos and commitment to driving employment in the region, providing equal opportunities to those living within the vicinity of its operations, and using its expertise and position as a responsible business to teach others around them transferable skills to build brighter futures,” Kilwaughter said in their company submission.