Blog & Opinion

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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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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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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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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