Strong communities are good for business. By investing in their local communities, helping them tackle the issues that affect the lives of their workforce and customers, businesses are investing in themselves.
Creating vibrant and resilient communities
Business in the Community supports companies in playing an active role in creating vibrant and resilient communities. Our ambition is to deliver a culture change in the way businesses and community organisations, including schools, work together to support their local areas.
We believe that the most enduring way businesses can make a positive impact in their communities is by investing in education, employment and enterprise.
Effective community investment
Community investment is about more than just charitable giving. It's about supporting those communities most in need with time, skills, money and expertise. It's about understanding how the choices you make when running your business - who you employ, where you locate, what you buy, sell and invest in - impact on your local communities and the social issues that affect us all.
We've developed five key principles of community investment that underpin successful community investment programmes, focusing on the creation of sustainable social impact alongside tangible business benefits.
In line with these principles, Business in the Community supports companies in creating effective community investment programmes, taking action in communities, as well as further developing their existing activities.
We offer companies, advice, strategic support and brokered volunteering opportunities, across the UK and globally.
BITC offers a range of programmes to help prevent social background predicting a young person's success at school and beyond
Through a number of the programmes we run, businesses can help to create jobs and vibrant local communities by supporting small businesses.
Business Connectors are talented individuals seconded from business, trained by Business in the Community and placed in communities of greatest need to build partnerships that tackle local issues.
We offer a range of ways employers can overcome disadvantage by increasing access to good, sustainable employment.
Recognition and best practice
The CommunityMark is UK’s only national standard that publicly recognises leadership and excellence in community investment.
The Jaguar Land Rover Inspiring Young Talent Award
Recognising businesses that support young people to transition from education into successful working lives
The Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award
Recognising businesses that support rural communities to maintain a vibrant, sustainable and prosperous rural economy for the benefit of future generations.
The Freshfields Work Inclusion Award
Recognising businesses that are supporting people from disadvantaged groups into employment and/or improving their employability skills.
Learn and improve
We have developed a one day training course to support companies in their progression along the community investment journey.
If you’re looking for advice on how best to approach community investment, or want to know what best practice looks like, then we can help.
The Experian Building Stronger Communities Award
Recognising initiatives investing time, money, skills and resources to deliver long term social and economic benefits to their communities.
The School Partnerships Award
Recognising businesses that are building partnerships with schools in the UK, ensuring young people have the skills to build successful working lives.
The Asda Enterprise Growth Award
Recognising companies that engage, support and do business with small and medium enterprises to drive local economic growth.