Hendersons are twice champions in Responsible Business Awards

Hendersons are twice champions in Responsible Business Awards

Henderson Group has been honoured twice in Business in the Community’s new look Responsible Business Awards for 2020.

Both the Wholesale and Technology companies 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”.

Business Champions

Henderson Group which employs over 4,000 staff was named a Responsible Business Champion in the Wellbeing at Work category for their Well Aware strategy, while Henderson Technology took the same honour for the Responsible Digital Innovation Award for its partnership with Gander, the mobile app which helps stores clear more ‘reduced to clear’ food products to lower food waste.

Well Aware

The Group’s Well Aware programme, which was re-launched with a new strategy in 2018, has resulted in a decline in absence rates recorded from Jan ’18 – Dec ’19, an excellent staff retention rate and a more engaged workforce which has resulted in increased Group sales of over 9%.

Reduced food waste

Meanwhile, the Gander app has been supplied to 350 SPAR, EUROSPAR and ViVO branded stores free of charge, with over 41,000 user downloads of the app and on average, stores are reporting a 5% reduction in food waste.

Sam Davidson, Group Human Resources Director says this is fantastic recognition for their companies and their initiatives; “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 increasing employee satisfaction and staff retention and I’m delighted they have been honoured by Business in the Community.”

Darren Nickels, Retail Technology Operations Director at Henderson Technology added; “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.”