Blog & Opinion

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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Manila Water
by Theo Harrison 22 August 2016 - 6:00am

As World Water Week 2016 approaches, we spoke to Manila Water, winner of this year's Unilever Global Development Award for their Water for the Poor programme.

The theme for World Water Week 2016 is 'using water for sustainable growth'. This approach is pertinent to business, partly ...

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Fran Hughes, Director, International Tourism Partnership
by Ann Kelly 19 August 2016 - 5:14pm

Fran Hughes is Director of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP), which works with hotel companies across the globe to tackle social and environmental issues.  As ITP prepares to launch a new water footprinting tool during World Water Week, Fran talked to us about the work it's doing, why...

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Siobhan O'Neill, Editor of Green Hotelier and Comms Manager, ITP
by Siobhan O'Neill 17 August 2016 - 9:49am

Siobhan O'Neill, Editor of Green Hotelier tells us what happens when you get 15 responsible businesses into a room with some of their strongest critics.

The International Tourism Partnership (ITP) ...

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by Devika Jina 12 August 2016 - 4:22pm

Our International Tourism Partnership’s Youth Career Initiative (YCI) helps tackle global youth unemployment.

BITC and the international picture

According to the International Labour Organisation, there are 71 million...

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by Theo Harrison 8 August 2016 - 6:10am

Today, 8 August 2016, marks the date at which we have used as much natural resource as our planet can renew in the whole year. From here on out in 2016, we're overshooting.

Many of our member companies recognise that this cannot continue indefinitely and are adapting and responding to...

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Maria-Jose Subiela, Head of Advisory Services, Business in the Community
by Maria-Jose Subiela 2 August 2016 - 12:15pm

Maria-Jose Subiela, Head of Strategic Advice and Solutions at BITC, gives her impressions of a Cambridge Sustainability Leadership Laboratory, run by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Twelve years ago I swapped a law career for a career in sustainability. Now I...

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iDT Labs working out in the field
by Alex Delaney 1 August 2016 - 11:56am

iDT labs leverages technology to build and scale solutions to social issues in Sierra Leone. The company was co-founded by Salton Massally in 2013 when he was just 23, with a mission is to use ICT as a powerful medium of disseminating information and providing services to West Africans.

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by Patrick O'Meara 11 July 2016 - 12:00am

Patrick O'Meara, Membership Director, BITC, gives his reflections on the Winner and Finalists for the Responsible Business of the Year Award. 

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by Charlotte Gibb 23 June 2016 - 5:01pm

Like many Ready for Work participants, Andy had experienced homelessness when he was referred to the programme. This is his story.

"It was 25th November 2015. It was a Wednesday and I was in a very bad way. I walked into Cornerstone Day Centre and was completely and utterly broken –...

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Report briefing: Legislation and its impacts on responsible business
by Alasdair Marks 23 June 2016 - 11:05am

Alasdair Marks, Corporate Adviser, Business in the Community considers what the recent mass of new legislation on responsible business matters - covered in our new briefing - tells us about the state of...

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by Charlotte Gibb 17 June 2016 - 4:55pm

Lloyd took part in Ready for Work in 2014, after being referred by his probation worker. With a criminal conviction he didn’t rate his chances of getting a job very highly. Thanks to the programme he now works full time for Freshfields, one of London’s largest law firms. This is his story....

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by Ian Duffy 13 June 2016 - 3:40pm

In the wake of Project ENTHUSE's recent report on business support for STEM in schools, Ian Duffy, community development manager at supporting company BP discusses two key roles business can play to inspire the next generation of STEM students.


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Championing an Ageing Workforce Infographic
by Rachael Saunders 7 June 2016 - 3:47pm

Rachael Saunders, Age at Work Director, on the trends she sees in this year's Finalists for the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award.   See the Finalist case studies.


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