BBA 2020 Nominees: Responsible Business

Written by BCCJ
October 30, 2020


Written by BCCJ
October 30, 2020

By the conclusion of the British Business Awards 2020 (#BBA2020) nomination period, we had received 37 eligible nominations across 6 categories.

The following 9 companies are now in the running to lift the BBA Responsible Business trophy.

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


BBA 2020 Responsible Business Nominees

(In alphabetical order)

Barclays Securities Japan Limited

In response to COVID-19, Barclays launched its COVID-19 Charity Aid Programme across geographies where it has a presence to support vulnerable communities adversely impacted by the pandemic. This nomination is to share that work and other interventions with vulnerable communities in Japan over the years.

Brunswick Group

Having advised Japanese companies for over a decade on multi-stakeholder stakeholder engagement in critical reputation issues overseas, it has demonstrated its mission to do responsible business not only though its work advising Japanese clients but through its engagement in various people-to-people exchange initiatives between the UK and Japan.

Croda Japan

We will be the most sustainable supplier of innovative ingredients. We will create, make and deliver solutions to tackle some of the biggest challenges the world is facing. By 2030 we will be Climate, Land and People Positive. Our purpose, “Smart Science to Improve Lives” exemplifies our commitment to sustainability, “Smart Science”.


As Covid-19 struck, multiple-NPO supporter Custom Media launched innovative digital platform Connect to provide free promotion, visibility and business opportunities to more than 120 members so far. It has helped NPOs and small companies tackle unprecedented challenges by boosting sales and introducing key volunteers, interns and partners.

Global Perspectives K.K.

Covid-19 hit GP hard, but gave us the opportunity to reflect on what was truly important to us as people, and as a company. Rather than resorting to quick fixes, we responded by expanding our team and redesigning our business to focus squarely on our area of greatest expertise and passion – sustainability integration.


A regenerative and ethical branding agency that focuses on solving problems by helping clients transform their brands and organisations into impactful and improved forms of themselves. We use the power of design & film to champion change. We design engaging media, powerful narratives, and employ an innovative blend of journalistic and branding techniques.

Jennifer Shinkai

Make March Matter was created on February 27th, 2020 by Jennifer Shinkai, Facilitator and Coach, as a way to support small business owners impacted by Coronavirus cancellations. 85% of companies in Japan are “small enterprises” and their survival drives economic recovery and decent work, the heart of “Responsible Business”. This free online community now has over 200 members and provides inspiration, accountability and connection.

Refinitiv Japan K.K.

Refinitiv commits to being sustainable and socially responsible. We have set ourselves ambitious global environmental and social goals to help reflect and support local communities, combat climate change and to help bring about a decade of environmental and social action. This does not prevent us from being responsible to business communities in Japan.

Travelex Japan KK

Travelex Japan has been contributing to support customers to send/receive money overseas during the pandemic. Supporting numbers of Banks and Travel agents who are suspending currency businesses to continue to provide service to their customers.


The decision on a winning BBA 2020 entry is the result of the combined score of 6 separate judges, who independently score assigned submissions using the same scoring matrix.

To ensure transparency, each judge independently returns his or her score sheet to the BCCJ office by 3 November 2020 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 5, 2020 online. To book your space at the Awards, please register via the bookings page HERE

Good luck to all BBA 2020 nominees, and stay tuned for updates on other award categories!


We are delighted to reveal the names of our BBA 2020 judges – a truly great line up of accomplished leaders who are actively engaged in bolstering UK-Japan relations! This esteemed panel of judges will put into practice their expertise and specialist experience to decide which companies and individuals should receive a prestigious BBA trophy.

Koji Tsuruoka | Former Japanese Ambassador to the UK
Anna Dingley | Founder Japan Connect Ltd.  Non-Executive Director, Nihon M&A Centre Inc. Japan
Robin Takashi Lewis | Co-founder, mymizu / Representative Director, Social Innovation Japan
Sue Kinoshita | Minister Counsellor for Economic Diplomacy, The British Embassy Tokyo
Susumu Kaminaga | 
Former President of Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd.
Carolyn Burnett & Kaori Hida | 
Japan House London

More information on all the BBA 2020 judges HERE