Building back better workplaces

This factsheet, Building Back Better Workplaces provides basic principles for businesses to follow, on how to improve workplaces after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ongoing effect of lockdown

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives. Whether this be through enforced lockdowns or the need for disciplined social distancing and hygiene measures. Many effects of lockdown will remain in place as for the foreseeable future we will continue to live in a “1m+” society.

Employer duty of care

Employers’ duty of care is to protect employees balanced with the need to mitigate the worst effects of an impending recession. The OECD predicts this will lead to an 11.5% contraction of the UK economy in 2020 . Business in the Community (BITC) is calling on its member companies to consider:

  • the elements of the pre-COVID-19 system that should be retained
  • those elements that can be left behind
  • the improvements necessary to ensure that learning from the crisis is used to
    Build Back Better.

Six risks and opportunities

In consultation with our member companies, BITC’s Circular Economy campaign has identified six risk and opportunity areas. Referenced in the Build Back Better Workplaces factsheet, these are:

  • shift of emissions from central workplaces to employees’ homes (Scope 1 to Scope 3)
  • employee engagement for sustainability at home
  • commuting and business travel disrupted
  • large-scale, unforeseen waste and materials impacts
  • under-utilisation of workplace buildings
  • the rise of resilience.

Join us to make lasting change

If we are to tackle the growing challenges facing society and the planet, we need bolder leadership from responsible businesses. The business community must seize the opportunity, inspired by the innovation and action that business has taken at pace and scale since the pandemic, to build a better, fairer economy and society and restore the planet.

We are designing an ambitious campaign to radically change the expectations and impact of responsible business. This is our response to the global call to build back better – and can be yours too.

Find out more: Responsible Business Building Back Better

BITC’s Environment agenda

By 2030 the UK needs to have delivered on its commitment to limit global warming to 1.5°C, something many consider only possible by achieving a net-zero carbon economy. It will be companies that see tackling climate change as part of future-proofing their business that prosper in this changing world.

Find out more about BITC’s Environment agenda.

Business in the Community is innovating to sustain and repair our planet.