Blog & Opinion

The Global Goals
by Sue Adkins 18 January 2017 - 11:15am

As the Business Sustainable Development Commission launches its report Better Business, Better World at the World Economic Forum in Davos, marking the first anniversary of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sue Adkins, International Director at BITC looks at how businesses are...

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LifeSkills, created with Barclays - logo
by David Hoare 9 January 2017 - 9:15am

A parliamentary reception, local MPs, pupils, a teacher and BITC Cymru’s own LifeSkills Coordinator Natalie Roberts. A perfect Christmas present for everyone involved in LifeSkills in Wales.

It’s not every day that I am invited to attend a parliamentary reception in the House of Commons....

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by Jane Wood 5 January 2017 - 9:58am

One year since the merger with Business in the Community, BITC Scotland MD Jane Wood reflects on 2016 and looks ahead with optimism to the next 12 months.

It’s almost a year since I blogged about the formal merger with our sister organisation Business in the Community. And what a year it...

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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

by Charlotte Gibb 1 December 2016 - 11:59am


Before Ready for Work, Kirsty hit a low point in her life when she was arrested and received a criminal conviction. However, she was surprised to find this was the wakeup call she needed.

"I was a child of the 80s and as a teenager the music scene grabbed my attention. At that...

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12 days of social enterprises
by Ann Kelly 29 November 2016 - 4:21pm

This Christmas, spread the seasonal cheer even further by picking gifts made by social enterprises – companies with a social or environmental purpose at their heart.  Buying social helps these enterprises create jobs and opportunities that support the most disadvantaged in society....

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The IHG Foundation team at the Haiyan Memorial in Tacloban
by Kate Gibson and George Turner 8 November 2016 - 9:56am

Following the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan on the Central Philippines in November 2013, CARE International UK were on the ground leading urgent relief efforts to help local people with emergency supplies, and support to repair and rebuild homes.  Since 2011, IHG have partnered with CARE...

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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.

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Sandy MacDonald, Head of Sustainability, Standard Life
by Sandy Macdonald 24 October 2016 - 11:33am

Sandy Macdonald, Head of Sustainability, Standard Life gives his expert viewpoint on how companies need to act if they want customers to trust their brands. Follow Sandy on Twitter - @sl_sandymac

As someone who’s come into sustainability from a marketing background, and who is working in...

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Sadie Lofthouse, HR Director, Adnams
by Sadie Lofthouse 11 October 2016 - 9:00am

Last month, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) launched its strategy to solve UK poverty – the product of several years’ worth of research into the complex and underlying factors causing poverty in the UK.

In the second of two responses from the business community, Sadie Lofthouse,...

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Sustainability Reporting Performance of the FTSE 100: CarbonClear's sixth report
by Mark Chadwick 29 September 2016 - 8:05am

As Carbon Clear launches its sixth report on the sustainability reporting performance of the FTSE 100, its CEO Mark Chadwick discusses the four key traits that the top performing businesses share.

2016 Rankings

For the third year in a row BT Group ranks first place. Marks and...

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Dosbarth Busnes - Business Class
by David Hoare 22 September 2016 - 1:30pm

With the announcement at the end of the last school term that over 60 Business Class partnerships in Wales have been established, nine involving Lloyds Banking Group, Richard Breeze, Relationship Manager, takes a moment to reflect on the lessons he's learning from schools in Wales.


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Future Proof logo
by Chris Jones 16 September 2016 - 4:29pm

Grace Mehanna, Director Talent and Skills, Business in the Community, and Chris Jones, CEO, The City & Guilds Group explain why businesses across England must take action to secure their future workforces.

Help create the Future Proof blueprint for your area

On 13 October, Business...

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by Alistair Kerr 12 September 2016 - 2:45pm

BITC Scotland Programme Manager Vivian Maeda explains why quality work experience is so crucial in developing the future workforce, and how the Food for Thought programme is helping with this.

Quality work experience is one of many initiatives from Food for Thought.  If you'd...

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Cath Sermon, Employment Director, Business in the Community
by Catherine Sermon 9 September 2016 - 2:00pm

As the summer holidays end and businesses gear up for their autumn recruitment plans there is plenty of uncertainty about  what the low unemployment rate and Brexit will mean for recruitment and retention of talent. BITC’s Employment Director, Cath Sermon, takes a look at the key trends in...

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by John Telling 8 September 2016 - 11:00am

Earlier this week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) launched its strategy to solve UK poverty – the product of several years’ worth of research into the complex and underlying factors causing poverty in the UK. With...

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Hannah Rowley, Marketplace Co-ordinator, Business in the Community
by Hannah Rowley 7 September 2016 - 12:04pm

Hannah Rowley, Marketplace Co-ordinator at BITC, is part of a team, currently working on a Purpose Toolkit to provide practical support for companies on the emerging agenda of corporate and brand purpose.  Here she take a look at some of the key areas bigger businesses should focus on to make...

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by Theo Harrison 2 September 2016 - 2:07pm

As part of World Water Week 2016, we convened two of Business in the Community's Water-focussed programmes and campaigns for a Twitter chat on using water as a tool for sustainable growth.

Using #WorldWaterWeek and ...

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Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup
by Dr Mark Fletcher 31 August 2016 - 4:43pm

This World Water Week, Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup and member of BITC's Water Taskforce, lends us his thoughts on how water challenges have become central to thinking about the effects climate change is having on populations around the world, and Arup's work on these challenges...

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Kate Spooner, Head of Water, Business in the Community
by Katherine Spooner 30 August 2016 - 12:30pm

Kate Spooner is BITC’s new Head of Water, joining us after over a decade working on water issues across the globe. She will be working with companies to provide innovative solutions to UK water challenges, including supporting healthy ecosystems in the river catchments and reducing water risks...

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