Award win for Emmaus UK
Emmaus UK has been announced as the winner of the French Chamber of Commerce Intercultural Trophy 2013.
The Cartier-designed award is presented to a company or organisation that has made efforts in the past 12 months to build Anglo-French relations.
Previous winners of the competition - which has been running since 1997 - include EDF Energy and the Eurotunnel.
The Emmaus UK entry detailed a royal visit to Paris, when Emmaus UK patron The Duchess of Cornwall visited some of the oldest Emmaus communities in France and gained a warm reception after she gave a speech in French to companions and staff.
A recent fact-finding mission by Emmaus UK business managers also helped clinch the win, by showing how Emmaus is building and benefiting from relationships with French counterparts.
Emmaus UK Chief Executive, Arvinda Gohil, said: “This is a great achievement for Emmaus as we beat competition from some incredibly high profile companies such as French skincare experts Nuxe and the French cuisine outlet Aubaine.
“The next challenge is to make the most of our win, taking the opportunity to build further links with French companies across the UK.”
Emmaus has been supporting formerly homeless people by giving them a place to live, and work in social enterprises recycling donated goods since 1991, when the first community was founded in Cambridgeshire.