Blog & Opinion

Our members hopes for COP21
by Bianca Mathews 26 November 2015 - 5:34pm

As world leaders and delegates meet in Paris to begin discussions on climate change, our member companies lend their thoughts on this crucial summit.

Click on the logos below to get the perspectives of some of our members:

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Rachael Saunders
by Rachael Saunders 26 November 2015 - 7:49am

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, Business in the Community comments on the practicalities of having 'age blind' CVs.

The way in which we see age depends so much on our culture, on how we see family and work life – it is fascinating to see research from different parts of the...

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A tasty Awards dish - image licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 SA BY NC
by Kerry Perkins 25 November 2015 - 9:02am

Kerry Perkins, Business in the Community's Head of Awards has let you in on her not-so-secret recipe for putting together an award winning business. Bon appetit!


One solid base of clear purpose

Large scoops of targets, preferably SMART

A bunch of pressing issues...

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Photos used with permission of Martin York
by Hannah Shanks 24 November 2015 - 1:24pm

Business in the Community's LGBTQ+ network, UNITY, interviews Martin York, chair of Fujitsu's network Shine about his experience of setting up and growing a network, and why it is important for Fujitsu to have one, and why it might not be for everyone.

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The Awards Agency logo
by Kerry Perkins 20 November 2015 - 5:10pm

Getting your responsible business achievements across on an application form in a clear and compelling way can sometimes be easier said than done.  In association with the Awards Agency, we have put together our ten top tips on maximising the impact your entry will have on our assessors.

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Leslie Alfin, founder of PRACTivate
by Ann Kelly 20 November 2015 - 3:27pm

Since 2012, Business in the Community's social enterprise support programme arc been providing business expertise, training and networking to social enterprises, helping raise their profiles, build profits and create jobs.

A major...

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Kate Turner, Senior Corporate Adviser, visits the Lee Tunnel
by Kate Turner 19 November 2015 - 1:03pm

Kate Turner, Senior Corporate Adviser, donned a hard hat and went deep into London’s newest sewer. Here she reflects on the subterranean world connecting London’s past and its future…

Londoners have a history of not treating their river with respect. Up to the Victorian era it was common...

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Aerial view of the City of London: image provided by Mind&Matter 2015
by Charlotte Williams 18 November 2015 - 2:47pm

Charlotte Williams, Director, Mind and Matter, dispels some misconceptions about mindfulness ahead of Mind & Matter 2015, an event all about mindfulness in the workplace taking place this December.

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Michael Taylor, Business Connector in Middlesborough
by James Martin 10 November 2015 - 3:32pm

In the latest of our Business Connectors blogs, we hear from Michael Taylor, seconded to Middlesbrough from Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture, about how the refugee crisis is playing out in the Teesside area. 

As winter draws in around Europe, one thing is as clear as the...

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by Mael Lagadec 10 November 2015 - 2:12pm

Maël Lagadec, Benchmarking Manager, Business in the Community and Jessica Wettstein, Consultant, Business in the Community take a look at some of the insights from the 2015 CR Index cycle.

As we invite entries for the 2016 CR Index...

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by lynne.bignall 5 November 2015 - 12:34pm

Hello, I’m George, a final Geography undergraduate at the University of Leicester. I recently had the opportunity to complete a week’s work placement with Business in the Community (BITC), in both the London and Nottingham offices, here’s what I got up to...


Awake at 6:30am (an...

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A large piece of rock from a mine in DRC that may contain valuable minerals. Credit Sasha Lezhnev.
by Jessica Runicles 5 November 2015 - 12:07pm


Business in the Community’s (BITC) Advisory team have been looking at some of the most pertinent and current supply chain issues. Here we look at Conflict Minerals, a serious issue at the very start of complex global supply chains. This blog is published ahead of a report BITC will be...

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Papi's Pickles - jars of pickles
by Jennifer Clark 4 November 2015 - 5:36pm

Jennifer Clark, a Commodity Risk Analyst at BP, talks about her experience as an arc Business Advisor working with Papi’s Pickles.  

Arc Business Advisors are business people, selected to have the skills a particular social enterprise requires, who work with an enterprise for at least six...

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Claire Whitely, Energy and Environment Manager, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide
by Claire Whitely 2 November 2015 - 10:30am

We asked Claire Whitely, Energy and Environment Manger EMEA, Hilton Worldwide about how her company engages its team members across its franchise structure. Here's what she told us about how Hilton leverages the power of its brand to achieve this.

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VW logo credit to John Matthies
by Nina Jatana 28 October 2015 - 5:15pm

Nina Jatana, from Business in the Community's (BITC) Marketplace campaign, considers where VW went wrong and the lessons that business can learn from its dramatic fall from grace.

Over the last few weeks, the world’s media have taken delight in documenting problems at VW, following the...

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Virgin Trains
by James Martin 27 October 2015 - 3:02pm

In September 2014, Martin Turner, Head of Sales at Virgin Trains East Coast, left the corporate world behind and embarked on a 12 month secondment as a Business Connecter at Business in the Community.

Now a graduate of the programme, Martin speaks about his life-changing year spent...

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Employees work in a community garden
by Theo Harrison 26 October 2015 - 9:59am

Laetitia Watts, South West Community Impact Co-ordinator blogs on the benefits of employee volunteering.

There’s no doubt about it, giving your employees the opportunity to volunteer on a regular basis creates more than goodwill. 

Research conducted by the CIPD found that ten key...

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Petra Parizkova, Advisory Services Manager, Business in the Community
by Petra Parizkova 23 October 2015 - 12:30pm

In 2014-2015 over 20% of companies that completed the CR Index said that engaging small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and social enterprises in the supply chain was a priority for them. This represented an 8% increase on the previous year. So, why this is happening, asks Petra Parizkova,...

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Linklaters logo
by Matthew Sparkes 22 October 2015 - 4:12pm

At the end of last month, the Daily Telegraph ran an article proclaiming Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as a 'racket...

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European Regional Development Fund logo and Welsh Government logo
by David Madge 22 October 2015 - 10:51am

David Madge, Market Development Adviser at the Wales Co-operative Centre, considers the benefits of buying from social businesses. Can businesses with a social purpose deliver services as effectively as other contractors?

Effective use of the procurement process can change lives. Social...

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