Blog & Opinion

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by Rachael Saunders 22 March 2018 - 7:08am

Rachael Saunders, Business in the Community Education Director introduces The Whole School, Whole Child report published today that contains invaluable resources to support school-business partnerships. 

 

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by editor 21 March 2018 - 10:12am

The recent media attention surrounding humanitarian organisations as a result of the Oxfam Sexual Harassment scandal during the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti, has put a spotlight on the role of the charity sector in disaster and conflict situations, where those receiving aid are often extremely...

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Chloe Chambraud
by chloe.chambraud 8 March 2018 - 8:10am

Chloe Chambraud Director, Business in the Community Gender Equality campaign, speaks of the need for equality both at home and in the workplace if true parity is to be achieved.   

 

Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme this year is #PressForProgress,...

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by webeditor 6 March 2018 - 10:03pm

Dr Justin Varney, National Lead for Adult Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England writes of the importance of physical activity and how employers can have a positive or negative impact on an employees attitude to physical wellbeing. 

Moving and eating are fundamental parts of daily...

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by Guest Editor 21 February 2018 - 12:00am

Marit van Rheenen, Associate Director, Upstream Sustainability Services, JLL, on when performance matters most 

The recent Chinese ban on the import of foreign plastic waste was a game changer for the UK - we have now lost the repurposing destination for nearly two thirds of our plastic....

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by Alistair Kerr 25 January 2018 - 11:30am

BITC Scotland Director Alan Thornburrow reflects on his time to date with BITC and finds a committed organisation that has never been more relevant than now.

Towards the end of last year I attended our annual leadership summit in London. As a recent recruit to Business in the Community, it was...

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by webeditor 19 January 2018 - 11:04am

Ian Duffy, BP, and Yvonne Baker, STEM Learning Ltd, discuss the challenges surrounding the retention of teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).

 

Most readers will know that the UK is in the midst of an ongoing STEM skills shortage, particularly in...

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by chloe.chambraud 18 January 2018 - 9:27am

Chloe Chambraud, Business in the Community Gender Equality Director, introduces a new groundbreaking project.

We spend 35% of our waking hours at work - almost a third of our lives - but our so-called “work-life balance” has deteriorated over the last few years. Given the fact that work-...

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by Charlotte Gibb 2 January 2018 - 4:03pm

Single mum Kara had been out of work for six years before she found out about Ready for Work. In her late teens Kara had worked as a cleaner, but when she had her son she had...

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Issues:
by Annie Gosling 6 November 2017 - 8:34pm

Rachael Saunders, Education Director at Business in the Community, on the change that is needed to make the most of the talent and ability of every child in the UK

I have been Education Director at Business in the Community for 61 days – I am counting! There is a huge depth of...

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Issues:
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by Louise Aston 4 October 2017 - 4:02am

 

 

Louise Aston, Business in the Community Wellbeing Director shares her shock and anger at the statistics within the Mental Health at Work Report published today.  2017 has seen an unacceptable rise in the number of employees facing negative consequences from disclosing mental...

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by Samantha Di Talamo 21 July 2017 - 9:33am

It’s hard to get your head around the sheer size and scale of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London’s solution to sewage overflow into the river Thames. Once constructed, it will be 7.2 m in diameter and will span the length of 250 football pitches, running from Acton in the West to Greenwich in the...

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Power of positive shopping
by webeditor 12 June 2017 - 10:40am

Jane Langley, Founder and Curator of BluePatch.org 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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Gavel
by Nicola Inge 1 June 2017 - 4:22pm

...it 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 David Hoare 27 April 2017 - 8:30am

In RB Week, Dave Hoare from BITC Cymru considers the purpose of business and how a Dr Seuss story may have had it wrong all along.

There's a principle in business, that everybody knows is sound; it says the people with the money make the world go around. So I’m biggering my company, I'm...

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Finance Wales
by David Hoare 8 March 2017 - 8:00am

Speaking in the week that Finance Wales hosted the judging day for the Wales Responsible Business Awards 2017, Giles Thorley (Chief Executive, Finance Wales) reflects on the importance of responsible business.

Finance Wales is proud to be a Member of Business in the Community Cymru. Our...

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 Mark Wakefield, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM UK
by Mark Wakefield 9 December 2016 - 11:41am

On International Human Rights Day, Mark Wakefield, Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager, IBM UK explains how the company has been helping to prevent human trafficking through its support of Stop the Traffik.

Stop the Traffik has launched the... Read more

Flooding in Cumbria, December 2015
by Isobel McCallum 26 October 2016 - 12:37pm

Cockermouth has experienced three major floods in one decade.  Toy Shop owner, Jonty Chippendale was unfortunate to suffer from two of them, in both 2009 and 2015/16.  He explained what measures he took to prepare his business to be back trading almost as soon as the flood waters recede.

How... Read more

Joey Tabone, Head, The Prince's Business Emergency Resilience Programme
by Joseph Tabone 20 January 2016 - 12:20pm

Joey Tabone, Head of The Prince's Business Emergency Resilience Group writes about the importance of building in resilience when helping communities recover from flooding.

BERG is an active network of leading businesses and organisations across the UK....

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