In 2000 FIRST instituted the Award for Responsible Capitalism to honour business leaders who have excelled by both commercial success and social responsibility.

The concept of the Award for Responsible Capitalism is based on the belief that whilst commercial success can be measured in terms of standard criteria, social responsibility involves a far greater sense of the needs of the wider community, in the areas of in which business operates, as well as environmental initiatives and support for the arts and culture.

The Award is adjudicated by a Judging Panel under the chairmanship of Rt Hon Lord Judge. When making the Award the judges are looking for a business leader who has consistently demonstrated social responsibility as an integral part of commercial success, examining in particular the manner in which their business interacts both with the environment and the communities in which they operate; someone who has run a company in a clearly responsible way.

Please visit the Responsible Capitalism website.


I welcome the FIRST Awards for Responsible Capitalism. I am very grateful to FIRST and much appreciate the important contribution it makes to discussions on Foreign Policy.

Rt Hon William Hague MP
First Secretary of State and Leader of the House of Commons

I attach great importance to the concept of Responsible Capitalism and congratulate FIRST on this important initiative.

Rt Hon George Osborne MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer

The FIRST Responsible Capitalism Programme has my full support.

Rt Hon Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Please accept my very best wishes and support for the FIRST Responsible Capitalism Initiative.

HE Pascal Lamy
Director General, WTO

Best Wishes for the success of The FIRST Awards.

HE Ban Ki-Moon
Secretary General, United Nations

The Commonwealth has a long association with FIRST and very much appreciates the opportunity to assist with the Awards.

HE Kamalesh Sharma
Secretary General, Commonwealth

I extend my best regards for the continued success of the FIRST Awards.

HE Louis B. Susman
United States Ambassador to the Court of St James’s