Blog & Opinion

by Anonymous 16 July 2018 - 1:08pm

In response to today’s publication of the new Corporate Governance Code by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), Business in Community (BITC) released the following responses to key changes affecting responsible business issues.

Employee voice

Companies will be required to explain...

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Ban the box
by Charlotte Gibb 13 July 2018 - 1:07pm

This post was originally published by Michaela Booth on her blog Michaela Movement. It highlights the impact of the criminal conviction tick box, and shines a light on the experiences of many job-seekers with criminal...

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Gudrun Cartwright
by Gudrun Cartwright 11 July 2018 - 4:38pm

Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director, Business in the Community on how businesses can minimise the risk of the unintended consequences to the environment 

We are beset by ‘wicked’ problems. Ones that, when we try to solve them, seem only to create more problems. It reminds me of the... Read more

Gala 2018 pic
by webeditor 4 July 2018 - 11:34am

Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community, reflects on the success of the 2018 Responsible Business Awards Gala Awards Dinner.

Read our full list of winners

Having been to our 2017...

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by Chloe Chambraud 27 June 2018 - 10:48am

Employers must not see being on target as ‘job done’ We need to help talented women starting out today get to the C-Suite tomorrow If we don’t achieve equality at work and at home, nothing will ever change In response to the Hampton-Alexander Review update published today, Amanda Mackenzie, Chief... Read more

The Royal Albert Hall
by alexis.obrien 20 June 2018 - 9:56am

Read how one of the country’s most prestigious buildings will undergo its dramatic transformation to host this year’s Responsible Business Awards

On 3 July one of London’s most iconic buildings, The Royal Albert Hall, will open its doors to host Business in the Community’s 2018...

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by webeditor 12 June 2018 - 8:25am

Review of internal communications Focus on the balance of culture and strategy Broadening of the horizons of the employee led intiative "Green Team".

We are Vista, winner of the small Responsible Business of the Year 2017 award discuss what winning the prestigious award has meant for them....

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Fair opportunities for all: A strategy to reduce pay gaps in Britain
by Chloe Chambraud 11 June 2018 - 3:27pm

We believe that in order to achieve gender equality in the workplace, we need to achieve gender equality at home. This is why Business in the Community, in partnership with Santander UK, launched the...

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Work inclusion: A guide to good practice for companies seeking to employ from excluded groups report cover
by Anne Willmot 11 June 2018 - 9:00am

National Carers Week (11-17 June) and the launch of the Governments new Carer’s Action Plan is the perfect time to look at how you support the carers in your workforce.

• Did you know that 6.5 million people in the UK are carers – providing care for someone who is older, disabled or...

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by Guest Editor 11 June 2018 - 9:00am

National Carers Week (11-17 June) and the launch of the Governments new Carer’s Action Plan is the perfect time to look at how you support the carers in your workforce.

• Did you know that 6.5 million people in the UK are carers – providing care for someone who is older, disabled or...

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by Gudrun Cartwright 8 June 2018 - 6:00am

Plastic is an incredible material that makes modern life possible.  However, recent months have seen the impact plastic waste is having on our oceans brought to the fore.  From Sky’s Ocean Rescue Campaign to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet, media attention has been intense and public interest...

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by Gudrun Cartwright 5 June 2018 - 11:34am

On World Environment Day 2018, Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director at Business in the Community reflects on how businesses can take simple actions to start creating commercial, social and wider economic value.   Momentum is building behind the drive towards a sustainable future. It is hugely... Read more

by Gudrun Cartwright 20 May 2018 - 5:53am

Gudrun Cartwright, Business in the Community Environment Director invites all businesses to join Business in the Community in co-creating a world that we can be proud to leave to future generations. 

Sunday 22  April was Earth Day. Every year this day asks us to imagine how things...

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Mental Health at Work bubble people
by Louise Aston 13 May 2018 - 10:33pm

Louise Aston, Business in the Community Wellbeing Director encourages everyone to take the Mental Health at Work survey as mental health effects everyone. 

Since our first annual mental health at work survey in 2016 we have seen slow incremental progress but there’s still a long way to go...

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by Stephen Farrant 26 April 2018 - 9:15pm

Stephen Farrant, Director of Sustainability, Innovation and Sectors on why purpose-driven leaders are essential. 

It seems as though map reading, much like driving cars and writing letters, is rapidly becoming a lost art.

Which is ironic, given that rarely has it felt like the...

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by webeditor 26 April 2018 - 6:10pm

Susannah Clements, Director of People at Anglian Water shares why the wellbeing of the workforce is so important to Anglian Water and launches a new initiative for small and medium-size enterprises. 

I recently re-joined Anglian Water as Group Director of People, after a break of nine...

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by Jane Pritchard 25 April 2018 - 5:10pm

Jane Pritchard, Business in the Community's Enterprise Director, discusses how the state of high streets give us an insight into their local area. She argues that if we are to help local communities via their high streets, effective partnerships between the local community, business and local...

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by David Hoare 25 April 2018 - 9:00am

As part of Responsible Business Week 2018, Matt Appleby (Director, BITC Cymru) considers the kind of business Wales needs. 

Wales needs a purpose beyond profit if it is to succeed in this brave new world. 

In a world of mistrust of institutions, experts, fake news and disconnection...

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by webeditor 24 April 2018 - 5:11pm

Jean Spencer of Anglian Water speaks of collaborative working and multi-sector, regional resource planning. 

Last year myself and a group of farmers, drainage engineers and environmental experts found ourselves bumping along in a trailer behind a tractor deep in the Lincolnshire fens. On...

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by Louise Aston 24 April 2018 - 12:31pm

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Director at Business in the Community, on how we can use innovations in SMEs to ensure employee wellbeing is a core component of responsible business. 

Wellbeing used to be positioned as a nice to have, fluffy bolt on, with fruit on Fridays and lunchtime...

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