Programmes

Our local, national and international programmes enable businesses to collaborate and take action wherever they operate.

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Details of Business in the Community's accredited training for practitioners looking to deepen their knowledge of Corporate Responsibility and develop essential competencies.
Age at Work
Business in the Community’s (BITC) Age at Work campaign aims to help businesses meet the challenges of an intergenerational workforce and reap both the commercial and social rewards.
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arc: building better business is a service connecting social enterprises with expert support and business opportunities to help them grow.
We believe the arts can play a vital role in regenerating communities and stimulating economic growth. Arts & Business sparks new partnerships between commerce and culture.
Ban the Box calls on UK employers to create a fair opportunity for ex-offenders to compete for jobs by removing the tick box from application forms and asking about criminal convictions later in the recruitment process.
Responsible Business Week is the one opportunity in the year for businesses to come together to proudly demonstrate their positive impact while learning and sharing new ideas with other organisations to enable them to do even more.
Business Class pupils at the Hackney Careers Fair
Business in the Community believes the most effective way for business to support young people facing social disadvantage is to form long-term partnerships with the schools those young people attend. Business Class provides a systematic and proven framework for developing those partnerships
Business Connectors are talented individuals seconded from business, trained by Business in the Community and placed in communities of greatest need to build partnerships that tackle local issues.
Helping businesses to get back on their feet after an emergency. Together with BITC’s wider network of members and partners, BERG aims to provide the helping hand needed to speed recovery.
Business Engagement in Early Years was a business-led programme, funded by the Scottish Government, offering businesses a structured means to help children (nursery-P4) living in less affluent areas to improve their life chances and become responsible citizens. The programme has now finished but you can still download the toolkit.
Students learning about the world of work in a Careers Lab lession
Careers Lab is a Business in the Community initiative which aims to bridge the gap between schools and industry by getting more businesses into the classroom to deliver inspiring careers lessons side-by-side with teachers, helping young people to think more widely about their working life.
Community footprint
A community footprint is made up of the difference a company makes to the local economy, local people and locality it works in. Business in the Community is currently developing tools to help companies measure the impact they make on their communities.
The CommunityMark planter
The CommunityMark is the UK’s only national standard that publically recognises excellence in community investment.
CSR360 planter
CSR360 Global Partner Network (CSR360 GPN) is the largest global network of not-for-profit organisations championing Responsible Business.
Employee volunteering, where staff at all levels donate time and skills during work hours to tackle local social issues, is an effective and powerful way for businesses to invest in their people and local communities. Our vision is to make employee volunteering culturally normal.
Business Action on Public Health asks businesses to proactively support staff and wellbeing, and to use their positive influence on the health of the wider community. It is a regional delivery programme supporting Business In the Community's Workwell campaign .
ENGAGE Key Cities is an international network of employee community engagement projects focussed in cities around the world. There are currently 33 cities involved in ENGAGE, reaching from Beijing to Valencia.
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Education Scotland, Scottish Government and Business in the Community in Scotland are working in partnership to fund and support the Food for Thought Education Programme, which supports Scotland’s first national food and drink policy.
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Future Proof, a campaign run by Business in the Community and backed by City & Guilds, to help businesses break down the barriers in their recruitment processes and create quality accessible jobs for all young people.
Gender equality campaign
Our gender equality campaign aims to increase women's success at work, because it is good for business and good for society. We work to share and inspire best practice and to give employers and their people the tools to drive change.
Generation Talent was a joint initiative between BITC and The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) developed by the Talent & Skills Leadership Team to help jobseekers by providing practical help for companies as they promote their vacancies to the unemployed.
Our Give & Gain Day is a celebration of the incredible power of employee volunteering. By getting unprecedented numbers of people out volunteering across the globe, we’re championing the talent, skill and energy found in business and the role it can play in helping communities prosper.
The Healthy High Streets campaign will give 100 high streets intensive support over a three year period through the creation of a network of local partnerships, access to business expertise & resource and an army of High Street Champions who will work to help high streets realise their potential.
International Tourism Partnership
The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) is a credible, comprehensive framework by which hotels can measure and report their carbon footprint.
Environment
The frequency and intensity of disasters will increase over the coming decades, and globalisation means the impacts of those disasters on business are increasingly evident. Business is now being called upon to scale up its response to such events by internal and external stakeholders.
International Tourism Partnership
With a powerful membership and tight focus on the long-term sustainability of the hotel industry the International Tourism Partnership (ITP) has a unique leadership role within the hospitality sector.
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The Marketplace agenda is focused on a company’s products, marketing and customer relations. Our Marketplace mission is to inspire businesses to improve society through purpose-driven brands.
Mosaic, now part of the Prince's Trust, inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.
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ProHelp is a network of professional firms who are committed to making a difference in their community by offering their services for free to community organisations in need of support. It now involves more than 400 professional firms across the UK.
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Our race equality campaign supports and challenges employers to work pro-actively on race and cultural diversity in their organisations, which has a positive impact on business performance in terms of increased efficiency and productivity.
One of Ready for Work's successful clients on a work placement
Ready for Work engages business in supporting disadvantaged groups, particularly people who have experienced homelessness, into employment.
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The Responsible Business Check Up identifies gaps in your company's CR provision, benchmarks it against similar companies, allows tracking of progress, and provides direction and guidance on developing a strategic approach to integrating CR throughout your operations.
Ideas for good get better when shared - Responsible Business Week 18-22 April
Responsible Business Week calls for businesses, their employees and partners to come together to share ideas and show how they are turning ambition into positive action for a fairer society and a more sustainable future.
Right to Read
Every child has the right to read, but not every child has the opportunity. Through Right to Read we aim to to raise literacy standards by increasing the number of trained volunteers providing support for children aged 7–11. Right to Read is a programme of one-to-one support from participating businesses.
Attendees and HRH The Prince of Wales at the Seeing is Believing report back
Seeing is Believing asks business leaders to take a day out of the office to visit a unique example of responsible business practice so they can then take the best ideas back into their organisations.
Social Enterprise Mentoring gives experienced business leaders the opportunity to use their skills to support social entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and help create the jobs of tomorrow.
Step Up To Work helps unemployed 16-25 year olds develop the skills, self-esteem and confidence they need to get into work.
Business in the Community's Access Programme aims to create a level playing field for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) so they can grow, win business and create new jobs. The Access Programme achieves this by organising events where SMEs can meet buyers and procurement professionals from corporates, as well as asking large businesses to sign a pledge to make their activities fair, transparent and open to small businesses.
The CR or Corporate Responsibility Index helps identify gaps for improvement and reinforces good practice, track progress over time and drive continuous improvement, benchmark performance against peers and leading practice and engage board members and raise awareness of CR issues internally.
All too often, investors are uninterested in the sustainability performance of the companies they invest in. The Investor Project aims to provide CR professionals and CEOs with insight and tools to explain to shareholders the value of sustainability in protecting or creating competitive advantage.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a unique collaboration of businesses which have made a commitment to supporting the countryside. Supporting companies display the Fund’s logo on their products and marketing materials.
Attendees and HRH The Prince of Wales at the Seeing is Believing report back
We ask business leaders to take a day out of the office to visit a unique example of responsible business practice so they can then take the best ideas back into their organisations.
The most prestigious and respected awards championing responsible business in the UK and abroad, our Awards are designed for business, by business. The Awards identify and celebrate businesses that are transforming their communities and in turn themselves.
At BITC we offer learning experiences across a number of areas, including accredited courses, workshops, peer learning and research and insight for self-directed learning.
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The Water programmeis the first in a series of collaborations that aim to explore the issues and opportunities around providing high quality, affordable, sustainable supplies of life’s essentials – water, energy, food and connectivity.
The Wellbeing campaign supports employers in ensuring employee wellbeing is a strategic boardroom issue. Our members are committed to promoting good physical and mental wellbeing to enhance engagement and productivity. We provide members with tailored and practical advice to achieve this.
Work Inspiration is a national employer led campaign that targets 14-19 year olds in full-time education to make their first experience of the world of work more meaningful and inspiring.