Last night, BritishAmerican Business honoured One Young World cofounder, Kate Robertson, with the Corporate Citizenship Award for her “exceptional commitment and innovative approach to corporate responsibility.”
BritishAmerican Business CEO Jeffries Briginshaw also presented Corporate Citizenship Awards to Douglas Flint, Group Chairman of HSBC and Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr, Chairman of the New York Times Company. Mr Briginshaw recognised all awardees for “embracing the spirit of corporate citizenship, promoting trust, inclusive business models and managing global impacts- putting these values into action to drive prosperity and economic development in communities globally and locally.”
The Annual Corporate Citizenship Awards Dinner 2017 was held in London at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and brought together over 200 influential business leaders from both the UK and United States. Dr Catherine Raines, Director General International Trade and Investment at the Department for International Trade provided the keynote address and Iain Anderson, Executive Chairman of the Cicero Group hosted as the MC.
Kate served as Chairman of the Havas group from 2006 to 2015 and as Global President from 2013. Working mainly in global positions, Kate became convinced of the importance of the roles of global institutions and businesses in the certainty that what unites people is greater than geographical distance and national distinctions.
Having grown up in apartheid South Africa, Kate's world view is defined by having witnessed and been inspired by the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She believes in the limitless possibilities a sense of shared humanity can create. This is where the idea of One Young World was born, sparked by her love of the Olympic movement and its values. She has always been an advocate for the role of business in the world – certain that global businesses can, if they wish, affect more positive change than any other global actors and that, given the right encouragement from government and civil society, business can provide solutions to most challenges.