Blog & Opinion

Stephanie Poppendoerfer, Consultant, Advisory Services at Business in the Community
by Stephanie Poppendoerfer 19 January 2016 - 3:53pm

Stephanie Poppendoerfer, Consultant, Advisory Services, gives her advice on making the best start on social impact measurement.

According to the influential Edelman Trust Barometer, 81% of people have more confidence in companies which can demonstrate a positive impact on society. It...

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by Theo Harrison 21 December 2015 - 12:42pm

The recent media coverage shows the devastation caused by flooding across wide parts of Northern England and Scotland and highlights the need for greater resilience within our communities. As the water levels fall, communities begin the task of rebuilding and many businesses and BITC member...

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The changing face of homelessness. Image credit: Steve Rhodes
by Samantha Di Talamo 17 December 2015 - 5:45pm

When most people think of homelessness they picture someone sleeping on the streets and rough sleeping remains a very visible problem, particularly in the capital.

According to government statistics, 7,500 people slept rough on London’s streets during 2014-15 -...

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Jane Wilson, Business Connector in West Cumbria
by James Martin 17 December 2015 - 12:54pm

Jane Wilson, Cumbria’s first Business Connector, who was seconded from United Utilities, reflects on her last two weeks and explores some of the longer-term impacts which could affect the county after the devastation caused by Storm Desmond

The sun peeking through grey skies earlier in...

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Gavin Bounds, Chief Operating Officer, EMEIA, Fujitsu
by Theo Harrison 16 December 2015 - 5:31pm

Gavin Bounds, Chief Operating Officer at Fujitsu, lends us his thoughts on becoming The Prince's London Regional Ambassador for Responsible Business and Fujitsu's plans for the year as Business in the Community's Responsible Business of the Year 2016.

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Corporate Citizenship Briefing logo
by Charlie Ashford 16 December 2015 - 5:06pm

Charlie Ashford, Consultant at Corporate Citizenship, argues that the true value of CSR awards and rankings is much more than getting your name in the news.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably planning (or at least considering) an entry to Business in the Community's ...

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The Eiffel Tower lit by renewable energy during COP21 - photo by Yann Caradec licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 BY SA
by Stephen Farrant 14 December 2015 - 2:02pm

Following the conclusion of the COP21 talks in Paris, Business in the Community’s Environment and Market Solutions Director Stephen Farrant reflects on what has been achieved, and why business now has a unique opportunity to drive the transition to a low-carbon economy.

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by Charlotte Gibb 10 December 2015 - 12:59pm

A series of unexpected circumstances led to Michael finding himself homeless and out of work. Until 2003, he had a successful career as a stockbroker in London. But when he was made redundant from his job and his marriage broke down, Michael decided to look for new opportunities abroad. While at...

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by Elizabeth Edgington 9 December 2015 - 12:13am

A group of senior business leaders used a recent visit to Nestlé and Northumbrian Water to understand the complexity of water use and risk - Elizabeth Edgington, Head of Environment, Business in the Community, explains what they saw.


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Flooding in Cumbria, December 2015
by Joseph Tabone 8 December 2015 - 10:21am

Flooding is disruptive at the best of times, but Storm Desmond delivers an unprecedented blow on Britain’s countryside, towns and villages. In one day, the north of the country received more rain than it would usually receive in a month.

In a week of international climate change talks...

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Paris and the Eiffel tower before COP21 demonstrations. Image credit: Jean-Pierre Chambard.
by Jonathan Grant 7 December 2015 - 2:14pm

One week into COP21, the multi-lateral climate change talks currently taking place in Paris, Business in the Community member company PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reflects on what has, and has not, been achieved thus far.

At the half-way point of the climate summit, negotiators handed...

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David Forde - Heineken
by David Forde 3 December 2015 - 9:00am

David Forde, Managing Director at HEINEKEN UK, tells us about the lasting impact of the ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit made by his predecessor five years ago. Following the visit, which explored the impact of alcohol misuse, Stefan Orlowski took the decision to delist all high strength ciders....

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by Marco Pagni 2 December 2015 - 2:58pm

Alliance Boots (now part of Walgreens Boots Alliance) led a series of Seeing is Believing visits in prisons to explore the challenges of rehabilitating ex-offenders and look at the role business can play. Marco Pagni, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of...

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by Paul Drechsler 1 December 2015 - 4:30pm

Paul Drechsler, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wates Group, led a Seeing is Believing visit in 2010 on educational disadvantage. As a result, he was moved to strongly champion education and has since joined the BITC Board, chairs the Education Leadership Team, engages MPs, and...

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Vivian Hunt
by Vivian Hunt 1 December 2015 - 3:31pm

From Vivian Hunt, UK Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company, Chair of The Prince's Seeing is Believing programme.

For 25 years, Seeing is Believing has been BITC’s flagship programme. No other initiative has demonstrated so clearly the need for business engagement in society and the...

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A charcoal grey M&S suit - donated to Working Wardrobe
by Jack Ettant-Rouzers 1 December 2015 - 10:04am

Hallo. I am a charcoal, wool blend, tailored fit, used Marks & Spencer's men’s suit.

How I can put this delicately, I’ve been ‘outgrown’ by my previous owner and like 30% of all clothing in the UK I have not been worn for at least one year. The average UK household contains on average...

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Fujitsu logo
by Clive Rees 30 November 2015 - 2:18pm

Clive Rees, EMEIA Chief Procurement Officer at Fujitsu, shares some of the insight the Responsible Business of the Year company has applied to support the SME sector with us.

We believe...

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Takver, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 BY SA
by Bianca Mathews 30 November 2015 - 12:16pm

What is COP21? BITC members' hopes for COP21

Find out what our members told us about what they want to see from this vital conference.

COP21 will take place from 30 November to 11 December in Paris. The conference...

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by Grace Mehanna 27 November 2015 - 2:35pm

Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director, Talent and Skills, Business in the Community explains why recognising and investing in youth social action will have big benefits for business.

The UK is failing to make the most of one of its most abundant resources: its young people.  There are 8.4...

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by Kerri Pomeroy 27 November 2015 - 10:27am

Dushyanthi Gnanakumar gives us her account of being a Clicksilver student mentor at the University of Nottingham.  Clicksilver is a course run by Capital One, which pairs older people with University of Nottingham students who act as technology mentors.

With technology growing at the rate...

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