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Helping people overcome disadvantage by increasing access to good, sustainable employment.

Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that business contributes to the livelihoods of individuals and communities, and is for many the only sustainable route out of poverty.

Offering quality experience of work, adopting new approaches to recruitment and breaking down barriers to entering work for people from disadvantaged groups can benefit business by tackling skills shortages, building new talent pipelines, boosting retention rates and achieving higher productivity.


Impact stories: Responsible Business Awards 2019

Gowling WLG
Manchester Airports Group - Highly Commended
NEMI Teas - Small Company Winner
Penguin Random House UK
Tier 1 Asset Management Ltd
Timpson Ltd - Large Company Winner

BITC's Unipart Outstanding Employment Award logo

The front cover of a reportDownload Tapping Potential - Guidelines to Help UK Businesses Employ Refugees to find out simple steps that companies can take to enable refugees to more seamlessly enter the workforce and build their skills, benefiting companies and the national economy.

Employment & Skills Leadership Team

The Employment & Skills Leadership Team drives the over-arching strategy for the issue across Business in the Community

Chair: John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport Limited


We work with businesses to support young people and excluded groups into employment using our Employment Framework as a basis of action.



Inspire. Preparing people for the world of work through experiences
that build skills and confidence.


Hire. Reviewing recruitment practice and removing barriers to work
so jobs are more accessible to people not currently in employment.


Grow. Supporting employees to sustain employment by developing
their skills and enabling them to progress


Related progammes

Ban the Box logo

Ex-Military recruitment

Excluded groups

Through our Ready for Work programme, we partner with businesses to support disadvantaged job seekers into employment, making a long-term difference
to people's lives.


We work with businesses to
reduce reoffending by
improving  the employability
of people with convictions.
Our Ban the Box campaign
encourages employers to take
the first step.


This employment programme supports businesses to strengthen their workforce
by employing ex-military personnel.


Young people

Our Future Proof
campaign helps businesses inspire, hire
and grow a sustainable future talent pipeline using our Youth Employment Framework.

Youth Career Initiative

Using the power of the worldwide hotel industry, this educational programme gives disadvantaged young people life and work skills.







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