Changeworks won the Sustainability Excellence Award and was recognised as one of Scotland's best workplaces at an awards ceremony last night. Changeworks participated in the Best Workplaces Programme which is organised by Great Place to Work® Institute UK, hosts of last night's awards event. The Institute's definition of a great place to work is the employees: trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do, and enjoy the people they work with. Changeworks also received the Sustainability Excellence Award, a special category endorsed by Keep Scotland Beautiful.

Changeworks' Chief Executive Teresa Bray accepted the awards and said: "It is with great pleasure that we accept these awards. It is testament to the fantastic work and commitment of all the staff. Winning the Sustainability Excellence Award is particularly pleasing since it shows that we 'walk the talk' in striving to be a sustainable workplace. Changeworks is a great place to work because of our great people, and the support of our many partners. We are delighted to be acknowledged as leaders in the sustainability sector. I am proud of this and the contribution of all our staff".

Tom O'Byrne, Chief Executive, Great Place to Work® Institute UK, the organisation behind said: "Changeworks practises what it preaches and keeps employees smiling. Employee feedback tells us that with a friendly supportive atmosphere Changeworks manages to bring together a group of positive and highly motivated staff that genuinely feel integral to the organisation's mission".

In addition to being ranked among Scotland's Best Workplaces Changeworks have been selected for special recognition by Keep Scotland Beautiful receiving this year's very competitive Sustainability Excellence Award. We're thrilled with the example Changeworks sets for organisations all across Scotland. These new accolades will join Changeworks' Best Public Service Provision Award in the Scottish Green Awards 2011 Investor in People and Investor in Volunteers national standards and environmental accreditation ISO14001. See coverage in The Herald.