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Hyundai UK Lauded at the International CSR Excellence Awards

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AUTO CENTRAL, UK -- July 3, 2014: Hyundai Motor UK’s ‘Best Business Enterprise’ initiative - part of Hyundai’s pan-European Skills for the Future programme - recognised with Gold Award Hyundai wins two further awards for ‘Community Commitment’ and ‘Charity Support’ International Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Awards identify ‘companies with a heart’ Exclusive presentation ceremony took place at The Crystal building in London High Wycombe, 03 July 2014 – Hyundai has been awarded one ‘Gold’ and two ‘Bronze’ awards at the International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Awards at an exclusive presentation ceremony at The Crystal in London.

Hyundai’s Skills for the Future initiative was recognised with a Gold award in the category of ‘Corporate Citizenship’, while its work with charities Street League and Crisis earned it Bronze awards in the categories of ‘Community Commitment’ and ‘Charity Support’.

The International CSR Excellence Awards identify Britain’s most caring companies, highlighting CSR best practice, and are contested by over 200 of the most well respected brands in the UK. Winning recipients were presented with their awards by Maria Georgiou of Water Aid, the International charity that transforms lives by improving access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation.

Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor UK, commented: “It is a privilege to have received these awards for our CSR programmes here in the UK. The concept of ‘corporate social responsibility’ is one that defines today’s business environment, as the emphasis on the social roles and functions of companies is increasing. Hyundai Motor Company prides itself on being a very active corporate citizen around the globe and wants to be considered as a ‘caring’ brand. We hope that the work that we do here in the UK does in some small way give something back to the broader community that we work within.”

Richard Collins, International CSR Excellence Awards, commented: “Our awards highlight UK companies that are a force for good, and which positively affect the lives of those around them through charitable and community commitments designed to change lives for the better. Hyundai’s hat-trick of awards recognise the work it has undertaken to help shape the future of some young people in the UK. It is most definitely a company with a heart.”

The Best Business Enterprise initiative is part of Hyundai’s pan-European Skills For The Future programme, created, in conjunction with JAYE, to equip young people with the skills they need to successfully gain employment in later life. It sees competing teams of enterprising young students - mentored by Hyundai staff - develop a business idea from beginning to end, with the outcomes judged by a panel made up of Hyundai’s Board of Directors.

Hyundai has supported the Street League charity since 2012, and continues to show support with a further donation this year of £50,000 to fund the growth of the charity’s academies in the North West. With donations amounting to nearly £150,000 and benefit-in-kind support over the last two years, Hyundai has now become an Official Supporter of the charity that uses the power of football to engage with unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds from some of the most disadvantaged communities across the UK.