Affinity Water has been shortlisted in the 2016 Responsible Business Awards, the most prestigious and rigorous awards championing responsible business in the community.

Driven by the charity Business in the Community (BITC), HRH The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business Network, the 2016 Responsible Business Awards celebrate inspiring examples of businesses that are making a significant difference by taking action to improve their local communities and tackle environmental challenges.

The announcement of the 2016 Responsible Business Awards shortlist coincides with ‘Responsible Business Week’ from 18 – 22 April 2016 – an annual initiative to increase awareness of the positive contribution of business in society.

Affinity Water has been shortlisted under the ‘Asda Environmental Leadership Award’ category in recognition for their approach to grow value through better resource management, conserving nature and tackling climate change.

This included their work to help protect England’s globally rare chalk streams by reducing groundwater abstraction and working with local communities on river restoration programmes to achieve good ecological status.

Affinity Water Chief Executive Officer, Simon Cocks said: "Our strategic ambition is to be the UK's leading community-focused water company. We are privileged and proud to bethe supplier of this essential service and to be a steward of this precious resource for future generations. We are committed to managing the impact of taking water from sensitive habitats and to maintain flows in local rivers.”

BITC Chief Executive, Stephen Howard commented: “We know that every day businesses contribute towards more resilient communities, stimulate local economies, help to create skilled and healthy workforces and tackle environmental challenges. Affinity Water provided a great example of moving away from a traditional utility company model to demonstrating true environmental leadership.”

The award ceremony will be held at BITC’s Annual Responsible Business Gala at the 02 in London on 11 July.