The Wellbeing Workwell Model

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Health and wellbeing are key components of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Map. In the context of responsible business, the aim of the model is to help businesses create environments where individuals and organisations can be at their best by taking a preventative, whole-person, whole-organisation approach to health and wellbeing.
It is evidence based, widely endorsed and positions employee health and wellbeing as strategic boardroom issues linked to business objectives.

The Workwell Model explained

Leadership sits at the heart of the model. Taking a whole organisation approach requires responsible leadership where the strategy is owned and championed by the board. This results in both collective ownership and a wellbeing strategy that is aligned to core business objectives. Our four-pronged approach is designed to create environments where employees can make accessible, well-informed healthy choices; challenging employers to think about the core components needed to build a strategy: 

  • Better health and wellbeing: Be proactive and preventative about employee wellbeing, enabling and encouraging employees to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Wellbeing includes physical, mental, financial and social health and wellbeing.
  • Better work: Create good work and improved job quality, designed to enhance personal health and wellbeing and mitigate workplace stress factors.
  • Better specialist support: Ensure resources and mechanisms are in place to support both early intervention and long-term wellbeing challenges, including workplace modifications and active rehabilitation for a phased return to work.
  • Better management: Develop line managers’ capabilities and provide training and resources so they are empowered to support the health and wellbeing of their direct reports.

Inclusive culture and collaboration with stakeholders wraps the model, as they act as enablers to make a wellbeing strategy work. 

Contact Business in the Community for expert advice on how to create an inclusive culture and multiply impact through stakeholders.



Make the Waste to Waste Commitment

  1. Set targets to improve the productivity of resources that are key for business.   
  2. Work collectively towards doubling the nation’s resource productivity and eliminate avoidable waste by 2030, contributing in the way that is most relevant to business.
  3. Redesign how resources are used in products, services and operations.
  4. Collaborate across organisations, value chains and sectors.
  5. Reconvene and report on progress annually to share learning and demonstrate results.



The digital transformation of the UK and global economy is a significant opportunity, at the same time it comes with a number of risks. Digital technologies, data and skills provide significant opportunities to develop new products, services and processes to address societal and environmental challenges.  Equally, the digital revolution raises a series of challenges for a broad range of stakeholders that businesses must now address.

Societal and environmental impact

  • Job losses due to automation1
  • Due to the lack of access to technology and the skills to use it, whole communities (currently numbering 6 million people) are falling behind
    the curve.2
  • The ICT sector contributes approximately two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions,3

In order to understand and define the role of responsible business in this digital era, Business in the Community with the support of the Digital Champions Network, combines thought with action to set a new agenda for UK businesses.

We ask that businesses commit to four priorities, to ensure a sustainable, ethical and inclusive digital revolution that serves all

The four priorities

Business priority 1: Protect, support and empower customers

Simplify data practices
Make data sharing and privacy clear and visible from the start.

Be inclusive
Build digital access, capability and confidence to allow all to benefit from the digital economy. 

Enable better choices
Develop solutions that help people to make more informed decisions about their health, education and finances.

Business priority 2: Embrace the changing nature of work

Prepare employees
Provide digital skills and lifelong learning to create an adaptable workforce.

Anticipate automation
Create new roles, where technology complements humans, and support communities to manage the transition.

Extend employer responsibility
Provide security, job protection and benefits for the growing “gig” economy.

Business priority 3: Deliver services that serve society

Design with purpose
Ensure technology reflects human values and corrects for unconscious bias.

Promote sustainable consumption
Transition to new business models that cut waste and increase asset productivity.

Partner to solve
Work cross-industry to design and scale solutions that will benefit society.

Business Priority 4: Drive a transparent, inclusive and productive value chain

Empower suppliers
Provide digital solutions and training to achieve minimum social and environmental standards across the value chain.

Click green
Minimise the environmental impact of operations, committing to 100% renewable energy and zero e-waste.

Track, trace and resolve
Use digital technology to address corruption, exploitation and environmental harm.

Strength in numbers:
Business in the Community’s Digital Champions network

Logos of the BITC Digital champions. Anglian Water, arm, Accenture, Barclays, Aviva, Fujitsu, Oracle, PWC,

1 Business in the Community (2017) A Brave New World? Why business must ensure an inclusive digital revolution.

2 Business in the Community (2017) A Brave New World? Why business must ensure an inclusive digital revolution.

3 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2016) 
ICT Sector Helping to Tackle Climate Change.

arc: Apply to join

Business in the Community can help your social enterprise grow. Whether you are just starting out, beginning to grow your business or really expanding your operations, our tailored support can help.

arc combines expert advice from our business partners and a carefully selected partner network to deliver the exact support you need. We will work with you to develop new business opportunities with business and government. Our support will also help you to win investment and access new finance through our finance partners. With this bespoke package of support we help social enterprises to grow and create jobs

To join the arc programme, a social enterprise must:

  • be a business with a social or environmental purpose at its heart
  • be financially self-sustaining, or at least have solid plans for achieving financial sustainability in the future (i.e. not reliant on grants or donations) and
  • have the potential to grow and create jobs for London or Yorkshire residents.

Please write 100 words about your social enterprise

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2020

*Hurry-entry closes 22 November at 17:00 hrs

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women is the UK’s most highly profiled and well-established listing of employers leading the way on workplace gender equality. These employers make gender equality part of their business strategy at all levels.

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Each year Business in the Community (BITC) invites companies with a presence in the UK to apply by detailing how their organisations are working towards gender equality. The employers that make it onto the list are selected by gender equality experts at BITC. The list is unranked and published in alphabetical order.

Entry information

The assessment process

The assessment process focuses on transparency, the causes behind gender gaps, what companies are doing to address these structural issues and the impact of their actions. The evaluation includes, but is not limited to, roles of senior leaders, actions to increase the representation of women in senior positions, intersectionality, supporting parents and carers, stopping bullying and harassment and what they are doing to promote gender equality outside their organisation.

One entry process, the chance of two awards

In addition to making the Top 50 list entrants also have the opportunity, through one application process, to enter BITC’s Responsible Business Gender Equality Award. The award celebrates outstanding progress and examples of best practice, impact, innovation and individual achievement. Both programmes recognise the progress employers are making to create inclusive workplace cultures that enable women to reach their full potential.

The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list promotion fee

It is free to enter The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. Following assessment and once the Top 50 list has been identified, there will be a promotion fee of £1,250 plus VAT in order to be included in the list and to be considered for a Business in the Community Gender Equality Award. The promotion fee includes the use of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2020 logo and profile in the print supplement, published on 30 April 2020, along with The Times and Sunday Times Appointments website.


Entries are submitted via an online survey hosted by Qualtrics. To enter, click the button above to email and a link to the entry form will be emailed directly to you.
Terms and conditions.
Watch the ” How to Enter Video” for further information.

Ban the Box: Sign Up Form

Companies that sign up to Ban the Box commit to:

  • Remove any tick box from job application forms that ask about criminal convictions
  • Consider applicants’ skills, experience and ability to do the job BEFORE asking about criminal convictions
  • Review their employment processes to ensure that when a candidate discloses a criminal conviction they are given a full opportunity to explain the situation 
  • Ensure that the circumstances of any conviction are fairly assessed against their relevance to and risk within the role before a decision is made



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