Blog & Opinion

Sadie Lofthouse, HR Director, Adnams
by Sadie Lofthouse 11 October 2016 - 9:00am

Last month, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) launched its strategy to solve UK poverty – the product of several years’ worth of research into the complex and underlying factors causing poverty in the UK.

In the second of two responses from the business community, Sadie Lofthouse,...

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Sustainability Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100: CarbonClear's sixth report
by Mark Chadwick 29 September 2016 - 8:05am

As Carbon Clear launches its sixth report on the sustainability reporting performance of the FTSE 100, its CEO Mark Chadwick discusses the four key traits that the top performing businesses share.

2016 Rankings

For the third year in a row BT Group ranks first place. Marks and...

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Dosbarth Busnes - Business Class
by David Hoare 22 September 2016 - 1:30pm

With the announcement at the end of the last school term that over 60 Business Class partnerships in Wales have been established, nine involving Lloyds Banking Group, Richard Breeze, Relationship Manager, takes a moment to reflect on the lessons he's learning from schools in Wales.

I’m...

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Future Proof logo
by Chris Jones 16 September 2016 - 4:29pm

Grace Mehanna, Director Talent and Skills, Business in the Community, and Chris Jones, CEO, The City & Guilds Group explain why businesses across England must take action to secure their future workforces.

Help create the Future Proof blueprint for your area

On 13 October, Business...

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by Alistair Kerr 12 September 2016 - 2:45pm

BITC Scotland Programme Manager Vivian Maeda explains why quality work experience is so crucial in developing the future workforce, and how the Food for Thought programme is helping with this.

Quality work experience is one of many initiatives from Food for Thought.  If you'd...

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Cath Sermon, Employment Director, Business in the Community
by Catherine Sermon 9 September 2016 - 2:00pm

As the summer holidays end and businesses gear up for their autumn recruitment plans there is plenty of uncertainty about  what the low unemployment rate and Brexit will mean for recruitment and retention of talent. BITC’s Employment Director, Cath Sermon, takes a look at the key trends in...

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by John Telling 8 September 2016 - 11:00am

Earlier this week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) launched its strategy to solve UK poverty – the product of several years’ worth of research into the complex and underlying factors causing poverty in the UK. With...

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Hannah Rowley, Marketplace Co-ordinator, Business in the Community
by Hannah Rowley 7 September 2016 - 12:04pm

Hannah Rowley, Marketplace Co-ordinator at BITC, is part of a team, currently working on a Purpose Toolkit to provide practical support for companies on the emerging agenda of corporate and brand purpose.  Here she take a look at some of the key areas bigger businesses should focus on to make...

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by Theo Harrison 2 September 2016 - 2:07pm

As part of World Water Week 2016, we convened two of Business in the Community's Water-focussed programmes and campaigns for a Twitter chat on using water as a tool for sustainable growth.

Using #WorldWaterWeek and ...

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Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup
by Dr Mark Fletcher 31 August 2016 - 4:43pm

This World Water Week, Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup and member of BITC's Water Taskforce, lends us his thoughts on how water challenges have become central to thinking about the effects climate change is having on populations around the world, and Arup's work on these challenges...

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Kate Spooner, Head of Water, Business in the Community
by Katherine Spooner 30 August 2016 - 12:30pm

Kate Spooner is BITC’s new Head of Water, joining us after over a decade working on water issues across the globe. She will be working with companies to provide innovative solutions to UK water challenges, including supporting healthy ecosystems in the river catchments and reducing water risks...

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Manila Water
by Theo Harrison 22 August 2016 - 6:00am

As World Water Week 2016 approaches, we spoke to Manila Water, winner of this year's Unilever Global Development Award for their Water for the Poor programme.

The theme for World Water Week 2016 is 'using water for sustainable growth'. This approach is pertinent to business, partly ...

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Fran Hughes, Director, International Tourism Partnership
by Ann Kelly 19 August 2016 - 5:14pm

Fran Hughes is Director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), which works with hotel companies across the globe to tackle social and environmental issues.  As ITP prepares to launch a new water footprinting tool during World Water Week, Fran talked to us about the work it's doing, why...

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Siobhan O'Neill, Editor of Green Hotelier and Comms Manager, ITP
by Siobhan O'Neill 17 August 2016 - 9:49am

Siobhan O'Neill, Editor of Green Hotelier tells us what happens when you get 15 responsible businesses into a room with some of their strongest critics.

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) ...

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by Devika Jina 12 August 2016 - 4:22pm

Our International Tourism Partnership’s Youth Career Initiative (YCI) helps tackle global youth unemployment.

BITC and the international picture

According to the International Labour Organisation, there are 71 million...

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by lowri.robert 10 August 2016 - 5:17pm

Carol Howells is manager of the Cowbridge branch of the Principality Building Society and lead a team in this year’s Give & Gain Day 2016 in Wales. This year was Carol’s first experience of Give & Gain Day and she attended BITC Cymru’s Team Leader training in the lead-up to the event....

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Issues:
by lowri.robert 10 August 2016 - 5:17pm

Carol Hall is manager of the Cowbridge branch of the Principality Building Society and lead a team in this year’s Give & Gain Day 2016 in Wales. This year was Carol’s first experience of Give & Gain Day and she attended BITC Cymru’s Team Leader training in the lead-up to the event.

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Issues:
by Theo Harrison 8 August 2016 - 6:10am

Today, 8 August 2016, marks the date at which we have used as much natural resource as our planet can renew in the whole year. From here on out in 2016, we're overshooting.

Many of our member companies recognise that this cannot continue indefinitely and are adapting and responding to...

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Maria-Jose Subiela, Head of Advisory Services, Business in the Community
by Maria-Jose Subiela 2 August 2016 - 12:15pm

Maria-Jose Subiela, Head of Strategic Advice and Solutions at BITC, gives her impressions of a Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Laboratory, run by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Twelve years ago I swapped a law career for a career in sustainability. Now I...

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iDT Labs working out in the field
by Alex Delaney 1 August 2016 - 11:56am

iDT labs leverages technology to build and scale solutions to social issues in Sierra Leone. The company was co-founded by Salton Massally in 2013 when he was just 23, with a mission is to use ICT as a powerful medium of disseminating information and providing services to West Africans.

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