Blog & Opinion

Do you think businesses behave responsibly enough? Be part of the critical debate by completing the Future Leaders Poll. Visit
by Kerry Perkins 16 February 2016 - 1:13pm

What do future leaders think about responsible business?  The Future Leaders Poll is a chance for us all to find out.

As a business you champion responsible business and engage your various stakeholders to maintain a continuous momentum around ethical behaviour.  But what about your...

Read more

by Stephen Howard 11 February 2016 - 8:48am

Stephen Howard, CEO of Business in the Community, discusses the social value of business and his hopes for business-wide measurement and refinement of these impacts.

Understanding a company’s economic value can be a relatively easy process – a quick glance over the accounts will let you...

Read more

by David Hoare 10 February 2016 - 10:52am

To mark the launch of the brand new SE Assist Wales investment fund specifically designed for social enterprises, Graham Precey (Head of CSR & Ethics, Legal & General) sat down with Business in the Community Cymru to talk this new initiative  

Why is Legal... Read more

Unilever logo
by Charlotte West 9 February 2016 - 9:41am

During 2015, Business in the Community held a series of Marketing Director dinners, kindly hosted by Unilever with the Marketing Society.  During these, we heard from more than 20 marketing directors of top consumer brands about the relations they see between marketing, purpose, responsibility...

Read more

Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director, Talent and Skills, Business in the Community
by Grace Mehanna 4 February 2016 - 5:00am

Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director of BITC’s Talent and Skills team introduces Future Proof and explains why businesses need to rethink how they recruit young people now.

Take part in Future Proof

The Future Proof campaign wants to help...

Read more

Chris Jones, Chief Executive, City & Guilds Group
by Chris Jones 4 February 2016 - 5:00am

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group outlines the major mistakes made by companies when recruiting young talent.

See the Future Proof website for tools and a framework for attracting, recruiting and retaining young people,... Read more

Stephen Hogan, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability, PwC
by Stephen Hogan 3 February 2016 - 10:39am

Stephen Hogan, Senior Manager, Corporate Sustainability at PwC writes about the importance social impact measurement has in proving the worth of your company's CSR activities.

Recent articles about the value of corporate social responsibility (CSR) have put community engagement in the...

Read more

by Rosie Oglesby 27 January 2016 - 12:17pm

Rosie Oglesby, International Disaster Relief Programme Manager at Business in the Community (BITC), discusses the increasingly important role of business in addressing the challenges to humanitarian response.

The start of 2016 marks the fifth year of the Syrian Conflict and the largest...

Read more

St Martin's in the Fields  by Neil Willsey, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 BY SA
by Colin Glover 26 January 2016 - 11:59am

Colin Glover, Chief Executive of homelessness charity the Connection reflects on how the homelessness sector has changed over a quarter of a decade.

Find out more about Business in the Community's programme helping people with the greatest barriers to work... Read more

by Alistair Kerr 25 January 2016 - 2:33pm

Jane Wood, MD of Business in the Community Scotland, writes about the power of being part of a UK-wide responsible business network following the recent Scottish merger.

The reaction from Business in the...

Read more

Charlotte West, Marketplace Director, Business in the Community
by Charlotte West 22 January 2016 - 4:27pm

As captains of industry mix with politicians and celebs to put the world to rights at the annual World Economic Forum conference taking place in Davos, Charlotte West, Marketplace Director, suggests trust and purpose should be their critical concerns.


Read more

Flooding in Cumbria, December 2015
by Ann Kelly 20 January 2016 - 3:54pm

In the wake of the serious floods which affected communities in the north of England and Scottish borders this winter, we spoke to water companies and BITC Water Taskforce members Yorkshire Water and Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water about responding to the crisis, the challenges of water management against...

Read more

Joey Tabone, Head, The Prince's Business Emergency Resilience Programme
by Joseph Tabone 20 January 2016 - 12:20pm

Joey Tabone, Head of The Prince's Business Emergency Resilience Group writes about the importance of building in resilience when helping communities recover from flooding.

Become a BERG supporter

BERG is an active network...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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 -...

Read more

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...

Read more

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.

Can you tell us a bit more about The... Read more

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 ...

Read more

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.

Further reading


Read more