At Business in the Community we believe that profiling best practice is one of the most powerful ways to bring about change. This is at the heart of how we support business to address global poverty.
65% of our members think that learning from case studies of initiatives of other companies help them contribute better to addressing global poverty, more than any other form of support.
The 2013 BITC Citi International Award is now open for entries. This is one of a number of categories in our Responsible Business Awards. Independently audited and now in their fifteenth year, they are widely acknowledged as one of the most respected endorsements of responsible business.
The Citi International Award recognises programmes that can demonstrate positive impact on those in greatest need globally, through one or more of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Past award winners have included both core business initiatives and social investment programmes, but they’ve all been able to demonstrate substantial business and social benefits.
Citi won Business in the Community’s International Award for a Large Business for its microfinance programme which has funded 29 microfinance institutions in 16 countries, having a direct outreach of more than 330,000 loans to micro-entrepreneurs, approximately 84% of whom are women.
“With this entry, Citgroup demonstrates that microfinance is embedded in the core business, with strong senior leadership and ambition. Through strategic partnerships and a clear sense of social purpose, Citi are tackling poverty and empowering women.”
Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick, International Director, Corporate Citizenship, KPMG and
chair of the judging panel
To learn more about past award winners, case studies are available on our website.