Blog & Opinion

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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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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