Scottish responsible businesses meet with First Minister and pledge to back inclusive growth

Joint working between public, private and third sectors is key to enhancing inclusive and sustainable growth, Business in the Community (BITC) Scotland Director Alan Thornburrow has said following a discussion with senior business leaders, policy experts and the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
The meeting aimed to identify areas of common interest and action where BITC, a business-led membership organisation, can support inclusive growth in Scotland as a way of building a stronger economy and a fairer society. 

Alan Thornburrow, Scotland Director of Business in the Community, said: “We know that only concerted action at scale by government, business and society will create the lasting and significant changes necessary to end poverty and improve quality of life for all who live in Scotland, an ambition created by the UN and shared by the Scottish Government and BITC.  Responsible business has a vital role in both strengthening our economy and ensuring Scotland is well placed to weather global turbulence and large-scale change.”

Commenting on the event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Inclusive growth is fundamental to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy – growth which provides opportunity to everyone across all parts of the country. Business and government working together is vital for inclusive growth and will have a lasting and positive impact on the people living and working in Scotland.  Business in the Community is a pivotal link between government and business to help us achieve these aims.”

BITC will use the momentum this meeting has created to continue working with its members, helping them be the best they can be in delivering social, environmental and economic sustainability across all areas of their business, and in acting as a force for good in Scottish society.  A parliamentary reception on 24 April will celebrate the impact of responsible business in Scotland and in May, as part of the Scottish Government’s current review of the Scottish Business Pledge, BITC members will convene to explore how the Pledge might evolve to increase uptake and impact.