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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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by Patrick O'Meara 11 July 2016 - 12:00am

Patrick O'Meara, Membership Director, BITC, gives his reflections on the Winner and Finalists for the Responsible Business of the Year Award. 

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by Ann Kelly 4 July 2016 - 5:27pm

Karen Todd, Senior Manager, Zero Waste Sustainable Business at Asda, was the Chair of the judging panel for the Asda Environmental Leadership Award.  We caught up with her and asked why her company thinks this award is so important.

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Harold Evolve Housing + Support
by Charlotte Gibb 30 June 2016 - 5:25pm

Towards the end of last year, Business in the Community formed a new partnership with Evolve Housing + Support to deliver Ready for Work. We caught up with Tano, Evolve’s Work and Learning Manager, to hear how things are going.

For those who don’t know, what is Evolve?

Evolve Housing +...

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by Alistair Kerr 29 June 2016 - 2:59pm

Jane Wood, Managing Director of Business in the Community Scotland, explains why BITC Scotland has created a public briefing highlighting areas of common interest and opportunities for collaborative working with the new Scottish Cabinet

As a result of the Holyrood elections in May...

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by Gudrun Cartwright 24 June 2016 - 11:02am

Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director, Business in the Community, gives her view on what today's European Union referendum result means for environmental sustainability in the UK.

It is strange to think that yesterday we were part of the European Union and today we are looking at an...

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by Anonymous 24 June 2016 - 9:41am

The UK is waking up to a world that looks fundamentally different, as we digest the implications of yesterday’s historic EU Referendum Leave vote. As commentators chew over the implication of the outcome, the truth is - no one quite knows what comes next and we all face a significant period of...

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by Charlotte Gibb 23 June 2016 - 5:01pm

Like many Ready for Work participants, Andy had experienced homelessness when he was referred to the programme. This is his story.

"It was 25th November 2015. It was a Wednesday and I was in a very bad way. I walked into Cornerstone Day Centre and was completely and utterly broken –...

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Report briefing: Legislation and its impacts on responsible business
by Alasdair Marks 23 June 2016 - 11:05am

Alasdair Marks, Corporate Adviser, Business in the Community considers what the recent mass of new legislation on responsible business matters - covered in our new briefing - tells us about the state of...

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Rosie Sweetman, Wales Director, Business in the Community
by Matt Appleby 20 June 2016 - 9:00am

Rosie Sweetman, BITC Cymru Director, writes about this year's Awards.

It’s my favourite time of year at Business in the Community. The time of year when we capture inspiring stories from around Wales and celebrate the positive contribution business makes to tackling our social, economic...

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by Charlotte Gibb 17 June 2016 - 4:55pm

Lloyd took part in Ready for Work in 2014, after being referred by his probation worker. With a criminal conviction he didn’t rate his chances of getting a job very highly. Thanks to the programme he now works full time for Freshfields, one of London’s largest law firms. This is his story....

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Centrica
by Dave Marsh 14 June 2016 - 11:13am

Dave Marsh, Head of Academy, British Gas gives his advice and insights for companies keen to tackle youth unemployment, drawn from his company's succesful programme to help NEET young people into jobs.

How NEETs feel about their chances

- 65% of NEETs lacked previous experience compared...

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by Ian Duffy 13 June 2016 - 3:40pm

In the wake of Project ENTHUSE's recent report on business support for STEM in schools, Ian Duffy, community development manager at supporting company BP discusses two key roles business can play to inspire the next generation of STEM students.

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Leslie Villegas, Masters student
by Alistair Kerr 13 June 2016 - 11:00am

Masters student Leslie Villegas writes about her experience taking part in an business-led classroom activity, Farm Enterprise.

Leslie is writing a dissertation on corporate citizenship through public-private partnerships in Scotland for a Masters degree in International Development at...

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by Ann Kelly 8 June 2016 - 4:28pm

On 11 July 2016, Fujitsu, our Responsible Business of the Year, will be showing how digital innovation can tackle some of the massive global trends – or megatrends – that are challenging business and society now and in the future.

They’ll be on show at the Innovation Zone in The O2, one...

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Championing an Ageing Workforce Infographic
by Rachael Saunders 7 June 2016 - 3:47pm

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, on the trends she sees in this year's Finalists for the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award.   See the Finalist case studies.

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The Asda Environmental Leadership Award infographic
by Gudrun Cartwright 7 June 2016 - 12:23pm

Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director, Business in the Community, shares her thoughts on the key themes apparent from this year's Asda Environmental Leadership Award.

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The Employment for Excluded Groups Award infographic
by Anne Willmot 6 June 2016 - 3:57pm

Anne Willmot, Work Inclusion Campaign Director, looks at what the Employment for Excluded Groups Award and Inspiring Young Talent entries show us about how companies are tackling this issue.

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The Experian Building Stronger Communities Award in recognition of Sir John Peace infographic
by Andy Melia 6 June 2016 - 3:21pm

Andy Melia, Head of Community Investment, Business in the Community gives his thoughts on this year's entrants to the Experian Building Stronger Communities Award in recognition of Sir John Peace.

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The Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty infographic
by Sue Adkins 6 June 2016 - 12:35pm

Sue Adkins, International Director, Business in the Community, reflects on what this year's entries to the Unilever Global Development Award, supported by Business Fights Poverty, show about how this agenda has evolved.

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