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Celebrating responsible business in Wales

Business in the Community met with Welsh Assembly Members on May 14 to highlight how the organisation is supporting companies to manage, measure and communicate their responsible business practice.

The Welsh Government has a clear role to play in creating the right environment for businesses to grow and working with organisations such as Business in the Community to help businesses be the best they can be.

- Edwina Hart AM,
Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Welsh Assembly

The meeting took place at a Celebration of Business Event, featuring a speech by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM.  She highlighted the valuable role played by BITC of supporting businesses to achieve commercial success in ways that honour ethical values and respect people, communities and the natural environment.

Sponsored by Vaughan Gething AM, the event also saw exhibitions from several BITC Members, who were on hand to discuss their activity and how they have made a commitment to responsible business.  Members in attendance included PHS Group, Mabey Bridge and Costain. 

As well as showcasing the work of its Members, BITC Wales took the opportunity to engage with Assembly Members and partners to demonstrate how Responsible Business Practice supports business priorities and addresses Wales' social, environmental and economic challenges.

BITC Wales has been working closely with the Welsh Government to ensure examples of good practice and case studies are developed and communicated through joint channels to help inspire other businesses to get engaged. 

Highlighting the partnership at the event, the Minister said: “Today’s event is about promoting the value of responsible business practice and supporting businesses to achieve commercial success in ways that honour ethical values and respect people, communities and the natural environment.”

“The Welsh Government has a clear role to play in creating the right environment for businesses to grow and working with organisations such as Business in the Community to help businesses be the best they can be.”

Rosie Sweetmans, BITC Wales Deputy Director, welcomed the Minister’s comments and provided Assembly Members in attendance with further detail on the key role the organisation plays in delivering Responsible Business Practice.  He said: ‘Responsible businesses manage their internal processes to ensure a positive impact on both the business and society.  Here at BITC Wales we support companies through membership services, workshops and programmes of events as well as employee volunteering opportunities’. 

Event sponsor Vaughan Gething AM highlighted to Members the importance of Responsible Business Practice; he welcomed the important role that BITC Wales plays in supporting businesses.  ‘The Members exhibiting today have provided us with an excellent example of the business commitment to Responsible Business Practice; we’ve seen examples of their activity and the direct impact this has on the business and on society and the environment’. 

"All of us here have an interest in seeing Responsible Business promoted as widely as possible and I look forward to hearing more about the future successes of BITC Wales and its members’"

A further celebration of responsible business will be held at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on Wednesday 26 June at a Gala Dinner 2013, when national awards will be presented for responsible business.  In association with Principality Building Society, the Wales Responsible Business Awards 2013 Gala Dinner will see Only Boys Aloud performing.  There are limited tickets still available for this event.