Business Charity AwardsCapgemini’s innovative people partnership with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust claimed top prize last night for Community Impact in the Third Sector Business Charity Awards. Third Sector has covered the news – read more about it here.

Group Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Director James Robey and HMRC Account Community Champion for Ironbridge Neil Robinson received the award from political journalist and broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer at a black tie event hosted at the Hilton London Bankside.

James Robey and Neil Robinson

The initiative was recognised for its support to improve the facilities of Blists Hill Victorian Town and making it more environmentally sustainable, primarily through the provision of skilled volunteers. Since the relationship started, more than 750 Capgemini volunteers have provided at least 5,000 hours of effort with six colleagues since becoming regular volunteers in their own time.

One of the world’s largest independent museums, the Trust operates 10 award winning museums in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, receives around 500,000 visitors a year, has 200 employees and enjoys the support of over 500 volunteers.

Our partnership has provided an army of volunteers for the museum; provided team-building opportunities for Capgemini employees; and enabled the sharing of skills and advice for the museum’s management team. It has also supported the museum Trust’s long term strategy to be more environmentally sustainable and to improve back-of-house facilities.