Waltham, Mass. (December 10, 2013)—The four winners of National Grid’s 2013 “Ethics Liaison of the Year” award have each donated to local charities the $500 awards they earned for engaging colleagues around compliance with the company’s Standards of Ethical Business Conduct. Employees Andy Blaszkow, Mark Leippert, Jeffrey Rappaport and Deepak Vishnu were honored for their commitment to embedding ethical values into National Grid’s daily business activities. All four winners chose organizations in their local areas – such as a cub scout troop, an animal shelter and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America – as recipients for their awards.
National Grid’s US Ethics Liaison Network (ELN), now in its 5th year, is comprised of 44 employees selected by their respective business units and the Office of Ethics & Compliance as champions of National Grid’s Standards of Ethical Business Conduct. The Ethics Liaison of the Year award distinguishes ethics liaisons who actively participate in the ELN, consistently share ethics communications with their teams and contribute innovative and creative approaches to embed ethics throughout the organization.
“Our Ethics Liaisons of the Year exemplify National Grid’s commitment to ‘doing the right thing,’” said Bill Holzhauer, director of U.S. ethics and compliance at National Grid. “The fact that they all selected local charities to receive their awards reaffirms their standing as ethics models within the company and demonstrates National Grid’s support of the communities it serves.”
Andy Blaszkow of Clifton Park, NY, senior project manager, property strategy, construction, chose to donate his award to the Fisher House Foundation in honor of Air Force 1st Lieutenant Thomas J. Page of the 41st Flying Training Squadron.
Mark Leippert of Commack, NY, director, wholesale gas supply, will donate his award to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Long Island Chapter.
Jeffrey Rappaport of Acton, MA, lead auditor, FERC compliance, who was also named Ethics Liaison of the Year in 2012, chose the Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts in Brockton the recipient of his award for the second year in a row
Deepak Vishnu of East Greenwich, RI, a manager in Gas NE split his award between MFHS Technology Group and Cub Scouts Den 1 Pack 3 of East Greenwich. MFHS will spend the donation on technology that will help teachers at Meadowbrook and Hanaford Schools. The Cub Scout troop will use its donation to send popcorn treats to military families and veteran organizations through its annual popcorn sale.
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