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by Stephen Howard 22 October 2015 - 9:38am

Business in the Community's Chief Executive, Stephen Howard, reflects on Mark Price's time as Chairman of BITC and Managing Director of Waitrose. 

Our former Chairman and great friend, Mark Price, will be standing down as Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis...

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by Theo Harrison 21 October 2015 - 7:28am

In Back to the Future 2, Marty McFly transports himself 30 years into the future to October 21 2015 - Today!

In this 1980's lens of 2015 society, Marty encounters self-drying clothes, instant-cooking pizza and hoverboards, so maybe not the most accurate prediction of life 30 years hence...

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by Danielle Wolman 16 October 2015 - 4:36pm

Danielle Wolman, Wellbeing and Age Coordinator and Time to Change Champion for Business in the Community writes about the big effect that small things can have in supporting colleagues’ wellbeing at work.

Sometimes behaviour might not be due to what you think; it’s important to remember...

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Raj Narayan, Business Connector for Tower Hamlets, seconded from Lloyds Banking Group
by Raj Narayan 16 October 2015 - 11:53am

Raj Narayan, Business Connector for Tower Hamlets, responds to recent anti-gentrification protests which have sparked violent scenes in London.

Last month saw...

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Stephen Howard, Chief Executive, Business of the Community, taken at the 2012 BITC AGM
by Stephen Howard 14 October 2015 - 10:47am

Business in the Community Chief Executive Stephen Howard explains why he thinks it’s time for old school corporate social responsibility - CSR - to be replaced by integrated responsible business.

The Volkswagen emissions scandal is a poignant reminder of the fragile nature of trust and...

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Eunice from Nairobi, one of the YCI participants featured in a short film about the Initiative's work
by Devika Jina 12 October 2015 - 11:30am

Devika Jina of Business in the Community's Youth Career Initiative, writes about her experiences meeting young survivors of human trafficking whose lives have been changed by the programme.

For me, this summer was a flurry of flights, hotel check-ins, meetings and interviews as I worked...

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Stephanie Schreiber, Wellbeing Campaign Manager
by Stephanie Schreiber 7 October 2015 - 2:09pm

This Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Awareness Day.  Stephanie Schreiber, Wellbeing Adviser at Business in the Community, considers the importance of dignity, the theme of the day this year, as a crucial element for mental wellbeing.


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Rachael Saunders
by Rachael Saunders 6 October 2015 - 10:26am

At the Conservative party conference this week George Osborne has announced that working grandparents will soon be able to share parental leave entitlement, notes Rachael Saunders, Director, Age at Work.

This is an interesting shift - an acknowledgement of the importance of all...

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Rachael Saunders
by Rachael Saunders 6 October 2015 - 10:16am

I attended two very different events this Older People’s day (1st October 2015)  - a research launch at Mercer, where the Minister for Pensions Baroness Ros Altmann launched a new older workers toolkit for employers, and an Age of No Retirement event where Barclays invited us to the...

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Sustainable Development Goals
by Sue Adkins 1 October 2015 - 12:31pm

Last weekend saw the launch of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This new UN framework replaces the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with 17 new goals - around issues including good health and wellbeing, decent work, natural resources, reducing inequality, healthy...

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Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, Business in the Community
by Rachael Saunders 29 September 2015 - 3:00pm

Rachael Saunders reflects on why Older People's Day is a chance to shift the debate around older people and challenge negative stereotypes.

What are the realities of older workers? Find out by viewing our myth buster factsheet.

Share your stories from...

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Cath Sermon, Employment Director, Business in the Community
by Catherine Sermon 25 September 2015 - 4:22pm

Two months after George Osborne’s 2015 summer budget, Business in the Community’s Employment Director, Cath Sermon, looks at how companies are responding to two of the most surprising new measures.

1. The introduction of National Living Wage

The announcement of a new ‘national living wage...

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Stephen Farrant, Director of Environment and Marketplace Solutions
by Stephen Farrant 25 September 2015 - 12:25pm

Stephen Farrant, Director of Environment and Marketplace Solutions, sets out his vision for how Business in the Community addresses the vital environmental issues affecting business and society.

By any measure, 2015 is a massive year for the environmental agenda. The much-anticipated...

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Lauren O'Leary, Head of Employee Volunteering and Employability for London, Business in the Community
by Lauren O'Leary 24 September 2015 - 5:55pm

Lauren O'Leary, Head of Employee Volunteering and Employability, reflects on the current state of the jobs market and what responsible businesses can do to support people into sustainable employment.

It's been a big month for employment news in the UK.

In the summer, the Chancellor...

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Julian Greenfield, Managing Director at Accenture
by Julian Greenfield 23 September 2015 - 2:20pm

Julian Greenfield, Managing Director at Accenture and member of Business in the Community’s London Steering Group writes about his first experience with the Ready for Work programme, to which he provides strategic guidance and support.

My first involvement with...

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Raksha Pattni, Area West Director, Business in the Community
by Raksha Pattni 23 September 2015 - 12:53pm

In the week after senior leaders from the West Midlands gathered to discuss what businesses could do to tackle skills gaps in the region, Raksha Pattni, Area West Director shares her thoughts on the issues.

There are significant benefits and opportunities for businesses which look to get...

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Simplex Clock by Joel Franusic, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 BY SA: cropping and tint added
by Danielle Wolman 23 September 2015 - 10:37am

On Go Home on Time Day (23 September), Danielle Wolman and Dave Hoare, Time to Change Employee Champions at Business in the Community, reflect on the changing workplace and the importance of a healthy work-life balance and culture.

This week is...

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Darush Dodds, Head of Corporate Responsibility and Added Value at Esh Group
by Darush Dodds 21 September 2015 - 12:48pm

Esh Group’s careers advice programme, Building My Skills, won the School Partnerships Award in this year’s Responsible Business Awards.  Over 60 companies work with Esh Group in the delivery of the programme, so it’s not surprising that the Award judges singled it out for commendation as an...

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by Susie Perrett 17 September 2015 - 7:47am

Susie Perrett, Education Director at Business in the Community, shares her thoughts on an exciting new programme.

Last week saw the launch of the Enterprise Adviser programme by the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC). The CEC has been set up to spark young people's interest in the...

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Zaatari refugee camp, image by DFID, licenced under Creative Commons 2.0 BY
by Sue Adkins 15 September 2015 - 4:27pm

The recent media coverage of the mass of people arriving on European shores and borders has brought home for many the impact of the humanitarian crisis that has been building in Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea and many other countries for years, writes Sue Adkins, International Director, Business in...

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