The Food and Drink Federation is urging companies to enter the 2004 FDF Community Partnership Awards.

The Awards, organised by The Grocer’s sister company William Reed Events, aim to provide a showcase for the sector’s widespread activities in Corporate Social Responsibility.

They are open to the whole of the UK food and drink manufacturing industry and the deadline for entries is December 5.

In the inaugural awards in March, secretary of state for environment, food & rural affairs Margaret Beckett. presented Unilever, Macphie of Glenbervie and Cadbury Trebor
Bassett with Gold Awards for their community initiatives. These included providing personal coaches to school head teachers, offering work experience placements, organising a Schools Industry Challenge, regenerating a local farm to boost the local economy and ‘buddying’ homeless people with volunteers.

The awards, which will be presented at the FDF’s President’s Dinner in March, have been split into three categories, with a Gold, Silver and Bronze award in each.

The categories are: large companies of 250 or more employees irrespective of the project budget; small companies of 249 or fewer employees irrespective of the project budget (this can include a plant or division of a large company); and pilot schemes which have been run in a limited area with a view to rolling it out into a larger project.