Mallusk’s Henderson Group has been announced as one of the first companies in the UK to be accorded Diamond Award status for its achievements in Payroll Giving, and one of only four in Northern Ireland.

The Diamond Award Quality Mark was introduced this year, with just 72 organisations out of over 2,201 reaching the status, which recognises a company with at least 30% of staff signed up to Payroll Giving.

Henderson Group, which is made up of four companies – Property, Retail, Foodservice and Wholesale – currently has 33% of employees signed up to the initiative, and has donated £2.72m since 2003, with the Group matching any contribution made by an employee of the scheme.

Sam Davidson, Group HR Director at Henderson Group said of the achievement; “Payroll Giving is of huge importance for us at Henderson Group, and we’re lucky enough to have over a third of our 3,600-strong workforce signed up to the scheme.

“It is fantastic to be recognised with the new Diamond Award which shows just how invested we are in the scheme and how we aim to stand out from the rest as a responsible company in Northern Ireland.”

Local charities and causes that have benefitted from payroll giving by Henderson Group include Marie Curie, Cancer Fund for Children, NI Hospice, NI Children’s Hospice and NSPCC NI.