Blog & Opinion

by Charlotte Gibb 15 July 2017 - 4:23pm

28-year-old Nathan has worked at Marks & Spencer HR Shared Services for all of his working life - an opportunity he wouldn't have found without the help of Business in the Community's partnership with Marks & Spencer. Now a long-established member of the M...

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by alexis.obrien 14 July 2017 - 10:37am

For We are Vista, being responsible isn’t an add on, it's incorporated into every job it delivers and every process it lives by


At the start of 2015, We are Vista set itself ambitious targets...

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by Anonymous 11 July 2017 - 10:17am


Clare Rudall (Head of Membership, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on a recent business breakfast, designed to bring together smaller companies in Wales and get them involved in responsible business.

It's not about what you do or how big you are – it is about the impact...

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by Anonymous 11 July 2017 - 10:08am

Clare Rudall (Head of Membership, Business in the Community Cymru) looks back at a past Members’ Forum event from June this year and considers the digital challenges facing companies in Wales.

140 characters on social media can move markets. A single teenager can access, albeit illegally...

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by alexis.obrien 10 July 2017 - 11:35am


The latest YouGov research reveals 52 per cent of regular takeaway hot drink consumers, those that buy at least four or more drinks a week, dispose of their cup at work. Underpinned by insight into consumer coffee cup disposal habits, Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company...

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by David Hoare 5 July 2017 - 3:20pm

Following the Wales Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner, Matt Appleby (Director, BITC Cymru), reflects on the current and future role of business in Wales.

Business in the Community (BITC) was founded in 1982 in response to a facture in society – the riots in Toxteth and Brixton were...

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Simon Branigan, Partner at Linklaters law firm
by Samantha Di Talamo 29 June 2017 - 12:14pm

The London Borough of Haringey has some of the highest unemployment figures in London. According to the Office for National statistics, Tottenham has more people claiming job seekers allowance than any other part of London. However, all that is set to change as the borough embarks upon an...

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Val Proctor, Former HR Director at the Go-Ahead Group
by Samantha Di Talamo 23 June 2017 - 9:00am

Ahead of Armed Forces Day, Former Group HR Director of The Go-Ahead Group, Val Proctor, shares her experiences of building a veteran employment programme. 

As an HR Director, much of my career has been focused on building a diverse and productive workforce that reflects the customer base...

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7 ways you can improve social mobility in your business
by Katy Neep 22 June 2017 - 2:50pm

This week the government published its first ever Social Mobility Employer Index to announce the top 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility within the workplace.

With many...

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by Anonymous 21 June 2017 - 10:34am

Dear Prime Minister,

We know there are many challenges for the next Parliament but we believe so much could be achieved for our nation and local communities if government works closely with business to create the policy environment that enables them to be the best they can possibly be at...

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by Matt Appleby 13 June 2017 - 10:28am

With significant changes in demographics impacting all kinds of companies and workplaces, Matt Appleby (Director, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on the changing nature of work.

When we think about flexible working, we think of new parents returning to work or we think about...

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Power of positive shopping
by alexis.obrien 12 June 2017 - 10:40am

Jane Langley, Founder and Curator of on her campaign to connect makers, retailers and shoppers


Despite the fact that the UK is a global leader in the creative industries...

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by Anonymous 9 June 2017 - 12:16pm

Jill Salter (Head of Community Impact, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on a recent Community Conversation event held in Newport in May and the importance of having good conversations.

Companies that take the time to understand the challenges, issues and opportunities that exist...

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by Andy Melia 7 June 2017 - 4:42pm

As Volunteers' Week draws to a close, it is important to both thank people for the amazing work that they do as volunteers, and highlight the on-going support they provide throughout the year. At Business in the Community, volunteering is at the heart of...

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by alexis.obrien 7 June 2017 - 9:51am

John Williams, Director of Digital Strategy at ILM, on how businesses should face up to automation responsibly

“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an...

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by alexis.obrien 6 June 2017 - 3:26pm


Share Your Pledge Day, will be taking place on 7 June (Wednesday) as part of National Volunteers' Week, in a bid to promote positive social action among 10-20 year-olds.

People and...

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Stephen Farrant, Director of Environment and Marketplace Solutions
by Stephen Farrant 5 June 2017 - 12:27pm

I know I was not alone in feeling dismay and anger as I watched US president Trump announce that the USA would be withdrawing from the Paris Agreement of 2015 (the historic moment when 195 countries came together to commit to limiting average global temperature rises to well within 2 degrees of...

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by Nicola Inge 1 June 2017 - 4:22pm automatically excludes people with criminal convictions?

This is the question we asked law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP to explore, in light of the disproportionate representation of BAME groups throughout the criminal justice system.

Their answer, in short, was yes –...

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by Charlotte West 1 June 2017 - 11:13am

The latest news, research and buzz on purpose-driven brands and customer trust from Business in the Community's Marketplace team.

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by Anonymous 19 May 2017 - 9:45am

The finance industry needs to work better together to serve a community beyond shareholders alone. The responsibility lies not with one link in the investment chain, but with the sector as a whole, as each area has their own part to play in driving change. Over 20 delegates from a...

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