Statement from BITC on the Levelling Up White Paper
Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s Responsible Business Network, has today responded to the publication of the Levelling Up white paper.
BITC has been calling for the government to involve private sector in the levelling up agenda to ensure that the role of businesses in communities is embedded into new policy decisions.
Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive at Business in the Community, said:
“No one government or business can transform a community alone. A collaborative approach between the public, private and voluntary sectors is the only way to guarantee success. Today’s white paper mentions collaboration 43 times which shows there is a strong recognition within government that the levelling up agenda is everyone’s agenda, and we all want it to play our part to make it work.
“Business in the Community has over forty years’ experience in transforming communities, and we’ve learnt more than just a trick or two along the way. Commitment, trust and collaboration with determined action is needed to drive long-lasting change and without a firm understanding of this, the white paper could end up staying as words in a report rather than reality.”
For further information, please contact Aoife Butler Nolan, Head of Media, Public Affairs and Policy on 07702 903 216.
About Business in the Community
Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We were created nearly 40 years ago, with HRH The Prince of Wales as our Royal Founding Patron, to champion responsible business. We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to:
- Develop a skilled and inclusive workforce for today and tomorrow;
- Build thriving communities where people want to live and work;
- Innovate to sustain and repair our planet.