Blog & Opinion

by Faye Goldman 16 December 2012 - 12:00am

Charlotte is one of two managers delivering and developing the Ready for Work programme in Birmingham.  Here's her account of a typical day:

I try to get Business in the Community’s local office in Bournville sometime between 7:30 and 8am to get organised for the day ahead and to collect...

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by Charlotte West 10 December 2012 - 12:00am

Charlotte West, BITC Account Manager on how businesses can think big in order to achieve real progress towards sustainability.

We recently took a small group of sustainability and CR professionals from our member companies for dinner, so they could hear about our new approach to...

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by Anne Willmot 30 November 2012 - 5:08pm

This week saw the first official statistics release for the Government’s flagship welfare-to-work programme. Anne Willmot, Director of Business Action on Homelessness, gives her response.

The snapshot of data released (...

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by Anonymous 22 November 2012 - 8:24pm

I was glad to see the Evening Standard campaign to highlight the issue of youth unemployment this week. Organisations like City Gateway, who were highlighted in the paper, are doing great work to get young people from tough backgrounds into work, and they are bringing big employers along with...

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by Michelle Gallant 2 November 2012 - 12:00am

Photo copyright Lars Plougmans, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0

To mark the Sustainable Brands conference, 27-28th November 2012, I'd like to look at the role of corporations in addressing sustainability.

As a conscious consumer, when given the choice I will always try to buy...

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by webeditor 2 November 2012 - 12:00am

Sodexo serves over a million people daily nationwide, across industry sectors from schools and universities to offices, stadia and visitor attractions, hospitals, prisons and the defence estate. In 2009 we launched the...

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by The London Team 1 November 2012 - 12:00am

This month we interviewed Tizzy Bowman, Community Liaison Manager, Carillion, who spoke about her experiences of supporting disadvantaged people through the Ready for Work programme. Watch the video or read the interview below. 

Carillion recently announced its 200th Ready for Work... Read more

by Jonathan Freeman 1 November 2012 - 12:00am

On the occasion of the fifth birthday of the Mosaic programme, I'd like to reflect on how investing in staff and communities benefits businesses, and reflect on the way the programme has brought companies and young people together through just such investment....

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Debbi Christophers, Head of Business Development, Business in the Community
by Debbi Chrisophers 26 October 2012 - 12:00am

Research has shown that when employees don’t take a lunch break, productivity dips and could account for 40 minutes of lost time.

Yet at a time when businesses are facing myriad external pressures, this might seem like a “nice to do”, and far from imperative.

I disagree. There is a...

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Philip RichardsPartner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Member of the Business Action on Homelessness Leadership Team
by press 24 October 2012 - 12:00am

Philip Richards, Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Member of the Business Action on Homelessness Leadership Team, explores the value to the workplace of programmes to support disadvantaged groups...

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by Edwina Hughes 23 October 2012 - 12:00am

Edwina Hughes, Manager of BITC’s Reducing Re-Offending through Employment Campaign comments on the Prime Minister’s social justice speech of 22 October 2012.

On Monday, David Cameron announced that the government was introducing a new focus on ensuring that more prisoners are...

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Nick Hurd with Kelly Metcalfe, Fujitsu Business Connector for Salford, Caroline Seldon, Fujitsu Business Connector for Basingstoke and Tracy Lynch, Greggs Business Connector for Coventry.
by kelly.metcalf 19 October 2012 - 12:00am

“ So inspiring were the local success stories that immediately after the speeches were over, MP Bernard Jenkins collared BITC CEO Stephen Howard to insist upon a Business Connector for his constituency of Essex North....

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by The London Team 1 October 2012 - 12:00am

This month we interviewed Paul Murphy, Lead Director, Lloyds Banking Group and Servane Mouazan, Managing Director, Ogunte who are mentor and mentee through Business in the Community's ...

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by webeditor 28 September 2012 - 10:05am

Backed by brands from Nike to M&S, Levi’s and Walmart the new tool – the Higg Index – is desigend to measure sustainability across the supply chains for clothing and footwear.

Below is an excerpt from...

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Gennie Franklin, Director, Programmes and Employee Volunteering at Business in the Community
by Gennie Franklin 17 September 2012 - 12:00am

The Games Makers have been one of the great success stories of 2012, and have won admiration for their work and a place in the hearts of many people in the UK.
It is in the best interest of companies to have strong volunteering because quite simply, volunteering leads to stronger...

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by Susie Perrett 6 August 2012 - 12:00am

The riots last summer seemed to come as a shock to the country. The fast-developing situations that engulfed many parts of the UK were spoken about as if they’d burst out of nowhere. But looking back now, particularly through the lens of Business in the Community’s work focusing on the...

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by The London Team 1 June 2012 - 12:00am

This month we interviewed Peter Ayliffe, Chief Executive, Visa Europe, who took part in Give & Gain Day on 18th May with around 40 Visa Europe employees.  Peter talks about their participation in The Community Games - a multi-sports festival run in partnership with BITC and SportInspried -...

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by The London Team 20 May 2012 - 12:00am

This month we interviewed Salise Wright, Customer Service Officer, Lloyds Banking Group.  Lloyds are one of the National Sponsors of Give & Gain Day and in this interview, Salise talks about why this is such an important programme to them.  Watch the video or read the interview below.

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by The London Team 6 April 2012 - 12:00am

We spoke to Anthony Arter, London Senior Partner at Eversheds and a member of the London Leadership team about why responsible business is important to him and Eversheds.  Watch the video, or read the full interview below.



Why is responsible business important to your...

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