IFS Deaton Review – The inequality gap will not be closed if employers do not provide good work for all

“With more than a decade of stagnant wages and today’s news about high levels of UK inequality, it’s vital that employers think about the quality of the work they offer and how they can take action to offer good work for all. The inequality gap will not be closed if employers do not play their part.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this issue, employers must take the time to understand what their employees may be struggling with and look at every part of their employment offer when thinking about how better to support employees. 

Business must be a part of the solution to the climate emergency

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, 2 May 2019

Last weekend the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, declared a climate emergency during her speech at the SNP conference in Edinburgh.

Today the Climate Change Committee recommended Scotland should have a more ambitious target to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, five years before the rest of the UK. They did so on the basis of evidence that shows Scotland has a greater potential for removing pollution from its economy.

Declaration of climate emergency and UK Climate Change Committee report: Businesses must now show they are part of the solution

In response to yesterday's Westminster MP vote to declare a climate and environmental emergency, following on the heels of Scotland and Wales and the UK’s Climate Change Committee today making it clear that we can get to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 by deploying existing technologies, Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said: 

UK Government and Partners Propose Steps to Accelerate Refugee Employment

Companies can take simple steps to employ more refugees and enable them to better integrate in the UK and contribute to economy

LONDON, May 2 – Refugees are underrepresented in the UK workforce and a great opportunity for them to contribute to growth and better integrate in the country is being missed, according to new guidelines released today by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Business in the Community (BITC) and UK Government.

Wales’ top responsible businesses ‘touching many thousands of lives’ – BITC Cymru announces the Responsible Business Awards 2019 shortlist

Twenty-three Welsh companies are being hailed for taking action to build inclusive workplaces, stronger communities and address environmental challenges in Wales.  

Mark Carney and Villeroy de Galhau climate change warnings must now provoke financial system change

“As the Extinction Rebellion protests continue in cities around the world,  with a clear call to action to reverse our course towards the collapse of our civilisation due to climate change and the destruction of natural habitats, Mark Carney, Villery de Galhau and Frank Elderson of the NGFS have added long overdue and needed pressure from the financial system.  Recognising that climate change is an existential risk for all of us, including business, and the financial system being at the heart of driving change are critical if we are to deliver a planet fit for our children's future. 

Gender pay gap will not close without clear plans to tackle inequality

Today (Thursday 4 April 2019) marks the deadline for charities and businesses with more than 250 employees to report their 2018 gender pay gap figures. Business in the Community (BITC) is urging organisations to show their commitment to narrowing this gap with the publication of a narrative explaining the figures and a time-bound action plan. According to the most recent Government Equalities Office report1, only 48% of companies are estimated to have included an action plan to narrow their gender pay gap.