Northern Ireland business Henderson Group has been honoured twice in Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Awards 2020.
Both the Wholesale and Technology divisions have been named Responsible Business Champions at the annual awards event which seeks to honour businesses in Northern Ireland “…demonstrating strong, inclusive leadership, who continuously innovate to tackle pressing social issues and repair and rebuild our planet”.
Henderson Wholesale, which employs over 600 staff, was named a Responsible Business Champion in the Wellbeing at Work category for its Well Aware strategy. This has resulted in a decline in absence rates from Jan 2018 to Dec 2019, an excellent staff retention rate and a more engaged workforce.
Sam Davidson, group human resources director, commented: “As a group, our employee wellbeing is critical to our success, and as a family-run business we make the welfare of our teams a priority throughout the year. The Well Aware team’s hard work since relaunching in 2018 has been proven effective in employee satisfaction and staff retention and I’m delighted they have been honoured by Business in the Community.”
Meanwhile, Henderson Technology was voted a Responsible Business Champion in the Responsible Digital Innovation category for its partnership with Gander, the mobile app which helps stores lower food waste through more ‘reduced to clear’ products. The Gander app has been supplied to 350 SPAR, EUROSPAR and ViVO branded stores free of charge, and the stores are reporting a 5% reduction in food waste.
Darren Nickels, retail technology operations director at Henderson Technology, said: “Working with Gander to implement the app’s use with our stores here in Northern Ireland has been a hugely successful example of showing the effect of technology and innovation to better the world around us. Driving down food waste is a group-wide priority, and Gander is cost-effective as well as providing a tangible solution for retailers and shoppers alike. We’ve seen great results and look forward to it continuing.”