2018 BBA Nominees: Social / Environmental Contribution

Oct. 24, 2018

By the conclusion of the 2018 British Business Awards (BBA) nomination period, on Thursday 18 October at noon, we had received 33 eligible nominations across 5 categories.

The following 7 companies are now in the running to lift the 2018 BBA Social / Environmental Contribution trophy.

"Open to any eligible company that has driven exceptionally effective social / environmental programmes or initiatives in Japan over the past 18 months. Nominees should not be NPOs."

2018 BBA Social / Environmental Contribution nominees 
(in alphabetical order): 

Atlantic Pacific


Atlantic Pacific International Rescue Ltd (AP) has a simple purpose: to provide lifeboats where there are none. The first AP Lifeboat in a Box solution was launched in 2016, in Nebama Bay, Kamaishi, an area devastated by the 2011 tsunami. By empowering that local community through training, the first lifeboat service in Japan is now in operation. This year AP have set up an office in Tokyo to expand their private and civil sector operations and services to other coastal areas of Japan. They have also preparing to assist with ferrying tourists around Kamaishi during the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Custom Media


Custom Media is a bilingual communications agency in Tokyo. The company has utilised its core skills of digital marketing and PR services to support eight community causes this year on a pro-bono basis: Knights in White Lycra (kids in care & with cerebral palsy); Mirai no Mori (marginalised youth); Shine On! Kids (cancer); RIJ (refugees); Animal Refuge Kansai (abused pets); JMEC (young business leaders & entrepreneurs); Fujisawa Beach Cleaning Project (community); and TELL (counseling & support). 




ESR is a leading provider of logistics funding and managing, and is well-known for establishing state-of-the-art distribution centres in Japan. The company's community initiatives include a commitment to enhancing the workplace environment, and bringing women back to work. The team is dedicated to changing the perception of what people think of as a warehouse, by anticipating and adapting to customers’ and employees' changing needs. They provide new solutions through sustainability and green energy initiatives, driven by "Human Centric Design". This means building high-quality ammenities for the staff and local community, such as areas for recreation, rest, and free childcare, including Barnklubb daycare centres and KLUBBLOUNGE, established in the past year.


Hogan Lovells


In Tokyo, Hogan Lovells represents Japanese clients with overseas interests and international companies with commercial interests in Japan. The team is passionate about sustainability in all its forms, working to reduce their environmental footprint to the highest degree possible through infrastructure, legislation, and policy. Their new, eco-friendly office in Tokyo includes a great many innovative, permaculture-inspired design features that lower the team's carbon footprint, reduce waste, and improve health and resiliency amongst employees.  


IHG InterContinental Hotels Group

The InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is committed to helping and caring for others - something that comes naturally to a business which provides genuine hospitality. As well as catering for guests, partners and colleagues, in hotels around the world, the team continues to lead though responsible business initatives. Targets in Japan from 2018-2020 include: providing more avenues for employment to women, responding to disaster relief efforts, and using technology to make our hotels more sustainable. In Japan, 'True Hospitality for Good' is our new programme for communities and charitable giving; this plays a big role in mobilising disaster and relief operations, as well as opening opportunities to the underpriviledged through hospitality training and educational programmes.


Nihon Cyber Defence

With headquarters in Tokyo, Nihon Cyber Security Defence Co., Ltd. provides cyber security software and services across Japan. Aside from its mission to protect governments, companies, and individuals from all forms of cyber warfare, the company would also like to be recognized for their community projects. Specifically in Japan, in association with Surfability UK, NCD recently launched the country's first surf board project for special needs children, and continues to support Down Syndrome children and their families by providing respite activities - through local NPO Sean's Club.


Rio Tinto

As pioneers in mining and metals, Rio Tinto produces materials essential to human progress at world-class operations across the globe and are a leader in partnerships with stakeholders and local communitites. Their social initiatives in Japan are rooted in health and educational activities that support the younger generation. They also promote safety first, even in a country where the firm has no mining operations. As a member of the Regional Cooperation Association for ‘Kitaku Konnansha since 2012, they proactively share their "Take Five" risk assessment approach with Japanese stakeholders and the local community, and have recently been recognised as an exemplary model for such contributions.



The decision on a winning 2018 BBA entry is the result of the combined score of 6 separate judges, who independently score each submission using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 1 November 2018 and the results are tabulated confidentially. The scores from each judge are then totaled for each nominee, and the nomination with the highest accumulative score is declared the category winner.

In the event of two nominees receiving the same final score, all judges will be asked to review their scores for these companies / individuals, and the submission with the highest score from this second round of judging will be declared the winner.

The final results remain confidential until the BBA ceremony - held on the evening of November 2 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo.

Good luck to all 2018 BBA nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories! www.bccjapan.com

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