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Enterprise and employability

Business Class case studies and resources on partnerships working together to generate greater impact.

Landmarc Support Services has been employing ex-service personnel since the company was founded in 2003.

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Anglian Water, our 2017 Responsible Business of the Year, likes to think local but scale up programmes for far reaching impact. It achieves this by building long-term partnerships with communities, farmers, conservationists and its regulators; in turn the company is seen as a hub for collective action to tackle social issues. Read about how Anglian Water took a unique approach to Business Connectors to get hardwired into communities across the east of England.

Rural African communities continue to benefit from SunnyMoney’s unique model that brings clean and affordable light to the masses, helping to eradicate dirty kerosene lamps once and for all.

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What if we could harness people’s intellectual capital, instead of replacing them with automation?

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Esh Group offers free toolkits for local schools to stimulate interest in STEM among girls – and safeguard its industry against skills shortages in the future.

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Why Cisco spends $3.5m a year to maintain a dedicated disaster relief team

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Dragon LNG has taken community engagement to another level by servicing the real education needs of young people across Pembrokeshire.

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Bands getting lost at music venues. That was the initial frustration for what3words founder Chris Sheldrick, who organised live music events all over the world.

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Barclays’ opens door for older-generation to make the most of apprenticeships

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Through its Love Every Drop strategy, the regional water business has a plan that will see it achieve net carbon neutrality by the middle of the century.

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With £20bn being invested in the UK’s energy infrastructure, there is a need for a new source of enthusiastic employees. And National Grid believes it has found the answer.

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Tesco’s surplus food redistribution scheme has so far donated 5.7 million meals to 3,500 charities across the UK – with minimal impact on sales or store operations. Here’s how it has done it

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Read how this company is achieving big cost savings while delivering a low-carbon network for the country

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What if you never had a failed parcel delivery ever again? Parcelly is taking strides to make it happen.

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Recognising the trauma faced by small business owners in the aftermath of flooding, Adler & Allan’s response service is helping to build resilience and provide some much-needed emotional support.

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Making hens comfortable and able to 'range' further is boosting production for the organic, free-range egg business.

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WaterHealth’s decentralised system can purify contaminated water for rural communities everywhere, supporting the 1.8 billion people without access to safe drinking water.

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The creative communications agency has integrated a range of environmental goals into the business, and given staff ‘headspace’ to think more creatively about how to stay on top of the company’s negative impacts.

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How can charities serve their beneficiaries using data?  Aimia’s Data Philanthropy initiative is helping charities become more efficient and better win new funding.

To combat older-worker stereotypes – and make the most of the wealth of experience and knowledge on offer – the UK bank’s programme to support its growing number of employees in their 50s has been a roaring success.

As the largest supporter of Young Readers Programme’, British Land is using the initiative to garner media attention and keep staff feeling good about where they work.

Continuing a long-term commitment to tackling youth unemployment, Marks & Spencer (M&S) sees plenty of business value in plucking the very best talent from the pool of unemployed in the communities in which it serves, and this is why the retailer has scrapped the interview process to make it easier for the unemployed to come work for them.

Forget the mid-life crisis, FSCS supports people with their mid-life career.

The Midcounties Co-operative was keen to share its passion for defending the environment with the next generation. But more than that, it wanted to give them the skills that might be helpful in the long-term.

Sustainable design doesn’t have to be expensive, say LSI Architects. In fact, designing better places for people to live, work and play in can bring about significant cost benefits for the long-term.

A robust schools outreach programme is cutting recruitment costs and giving young people – and especially women – the confidence and skills to thrive in an increasingly digital workplace.

The Crystal in the heart of London’s Docklands is a unique success story, attracting huge visitor numbers and continuing to find cutting edge ways of being one of the most sustainable buildings on the planet.

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Could those coming from places like Syria offer business unique perspectives that can unlock solutions to client problems? EY certainly thinks so.  

What if we could harness people’s intellectual capital, instead of replacing them with automation? This is what ENGIE'S programme intends to do.

With an ageing workforce, United Utilities hopes to bring 70 new young people into the business every year, to safeguard its future and give something back to the communities in the region.

The insurance giant is encouraging the entire sector to be more proactive in giving companies and households effective support to get back on their feet quickly after flooding.

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In a bid to transform the business and put carbon and cost reduction centre stage the regional water business has taken embodied greenhouse gas emission reduction to another level.

Heathrow Airport’s revised strategy puts sustainability at the heart of all decision-making. With ambitious expansion plans, it is building a model to be envied – and copied – by other airports around the world.

Building more resilient and secure small businesses is crucial in enabling them to thrive in today’s challenging economic times, says Worldpay whose payment and encryption services are becoming increasingly popular.

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Heard of an apprenticeship programme with no upper age limit? Thought not…

It’s hard to get noticed these days. But small businesses need to be seen and heard if they want to survive, especially when the town centre is in decline. In Your Face Advertising (IYFA) decided to do something about it.

UBS’s efforts to support social entrepreneurs in the recently affluent, yet deprived, London Borough of Hackney demands your attention. Here’s why.

In a world of constrained resources and with the negative impacts of climate change being felt in many corners of the globe, doing more with less is proving to be a winning strategy.  That is certainly the approach adopted by British Sugar, a part of AB Sugar, a wholly owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods.

GAIL came up with a project to better prepare Indian communities in the face of the devastation caused by natural disasters.

Ambitious growth plans means that having a talented and enthusiastic workforce is crucial to the ongoing success of the UK’s biggest hotel and coffee chain company, Whitbread. That's why targeting those from difficult backgrounds is a core part of the company's strategy.

Almost a quarter of Hogan Lovells staff in London are now mentoring students, giving them the skills and confidence to grow and find work later in life.

JTI’s partnership with Crisis has not only seen thousands of homeless and vulnerably housed people upskilled to get into work, JTI employees have been involved as part of the company’s volunteering skills programme Give Get Grow.

With research indicating loneliness affects one in seven of us, the Co-op’s latest community campaign is designed to help 12,500 people across the UK.

Techno-preneurial skills are getting people out of poverty and supporting sustainable agriculture too. Learn more about M-Tron Africa’s unique approach that hopes to inspire five million young people across the continent.

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Bringing joy to the faces of children caught up in life or death situations is central to the business model for Bangor-based fundraising and donation business, Dr Zigs.

Last month support services firm, Interserve, launched its Opportunities for All campaign, highlighting the ways businesses can provide skills and employment support to those that need it most. 

As part of this campaign, Interserve has pledged to support 20 of its key suppliers to sign up to Ban the Box and reduce the barriers to work for ex-offenders. Interserve employee, Lynsey Barker, shares her experience of being caught up in the criminal justice system and why she supports the Opportunities for All campaign.

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With 13,000 staff, AgroAmerica has worked hard to not only pay employees a decent salary, but to find out what incomes are required to help its people improve the quality of life for their families.


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Recognising they can achieve more together than by working alone, Barclays and GSK have created a self-sustaining model for communities in Zambia to make extra cash while boosting their general health.

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Recognising they can achieve more together than by working alone, Barclays and GSK have created a self-sustaining model for communities in Zambia to make extra cash while boosting their general health.

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Being awarded five stars in the CR Index is a major achievement and this year a number of companies have managed it.  We caught up with Midcounties co-operative to learn first hand why it's important to their organisation to benchmark their sustainability strategy and performance.

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Being one of the few companies to receive 5-stars in the 2017 CR-Index, we caught up with Yorkshire Water's Chief Executive, Richard Flint to discuss why benchmarking their CR strategy is so important.


Lucy Malarky, Deputy Director at Gentoo housing, talks to us about the significane of the CR Index - BITC's benchmarking tool, plus what it means to achieve 5-stars.

When Ricoh learned they were one of only a few companies to achieve top scores in the CR Index this year [2017], they were naturally delighted at the news. Ricoh is a Japanese multinational imaging and electronics company that provides document services, consulting, software and hardware to businesses around the world. We caught up with James Deacon, Head of Corporate Responsibility, People & CR to discuss how benchmarking as a measurement discipline aligns to the company's CR strategy.

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Kingspan Insulated Panels is a leading global manufacturer of advanced building envelope systems and solutions for the creation of high performing, energy efficient buildings. Based in Holywell, North Wales, it is the biggest division within the Kingspan Group.

Originally known as RCT Homes, the business rebranded in 2007 as Trivallis. It is a registered social landlord, operating in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area of South Wales, following the transfer of RCT Council’s housing stock. 

Costain is 150 years old and was started by a carpenter in Liverpool as a house builder. Now Costain delivers major construction and infrastructure projects across the UK and beyond. With over 4,000 people employed across the UK, Costain believes that the strength of the company is built on its employees, from the ground up – through apprentices to graduates. 

EcoVigour is an environmental management contractor, working across Wales and the West of England. With experience ecological surveys, landscaping and groundworks EcoVigour provides multitude of services to clients in-house.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is the sixth largest of ten water and sewerage companies in the UK. Welsh Water provides a safe and reliable supply of drinking water along with waste water and sewerage services to over 3 million people living in Wales and some parts of England, covering over 1,000 operational sites.

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is the sixth largest of ten water and sewerage companies in the UK. Welsh Water provides a safe and reliable supply of drinking water along with waste water and sewerage services to over 3 million people living in Wales and some parts of England, covering over 1,000 operational sites.

Companies House is the executive government agency which incorporates and dissolves limited companies, registers and maintains the information that companies are legally required to supply and makes this information available to the public.

Capital Network Solutions provides outsourced IT services and specialise in cyber security. Being a responsible business is not a top down or bottom up approach at CNS, it is an all-encompassing ethos which is at the heart of everything the company does. 

Bouygues UK is a construction company which delivers award-winning development and regeneration projects across both the public and private sectors. By getting on the ground locally early and for a prolonged period of time, Bouygues successfully develops local expertise helping them deliver projects that work with communities and organisations.

Amcanu is a small business employing 35 members of staff operating in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire. It specialises in the manufacture of world class attenuation enclosures which in turn help to maintain the optimum performance of pumps and compressors. 

Alun Griffiths Contractors was founded in 1968, is still privately owned, and is one of Wales’ leading civil engineering firms, delivering infrastructure projects across the country and supporting the economic growth of Wales.

IKEA Cardiff is the only Wales branch of IKEA, a home furnishing retailer committed to creating a better everyday life for as many people as possible. 

Moneypenny, headquartered in Wrexham, is one of the UK’s largest telephone answering / outsourced switchboard services, helping more companies than many other provides efficiently manage their telephony with customers and clients. 

Dr Zigs Extraordinary Bubbles is a family-owned micro business that manufacturers sustainable giant bubble toys and mixes and performs at events and has recently diversified into an on-site Bubble Barn (shop) and Café. 

Wales & West Utilities (WWU) doesn’t sell gas; it uses its extensive network of pipes to transport gas to homes and businesses throughout Wales and the south west of England.  It responds to gas emergencies, and invests £2m every day across the network, connecting new properties and replacing old metal pipes with new long lasting plastic ones. 

Rhondda Housing Association (RHA) is a 37-year old not-for-profit social landlord that manages over 1,700 homes, provides housing support for vulnerable tenants and works to alleviate poverty in communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf. 

Principality Building Society is the largest building society in Wales, with over 70 branches in every community in Wales and long-standing relationships and connections with Welsh rugby, the National Eisteddfod, the Royal Welsh Show and numerous community / charity groups across Wales. 

Principality Building Society is the largest building society in Wales, with over 70 branches in every community in Wales and long-standing relationships and connections with Welsh rugby, the National Eisteddfod, the Royal Welsh Show and numerous community / charity groups across Wales. 

Princes Gate Spring Water is a bottled water manufacturer based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. Manufacturing still, sparkling and flavoured water in a variety of pack sizes, Princes Gate has successful listings across supermarkets and convenience stores across the UK.

Mott MacDonald is a management, engineering and development consultancy which designs infrastructure solutions ranging from flood defences, bridges, different kinds of buildings and foundations. As an employee-owned business staff are given a unique role in the approach taken to working with communities on each project that the company delivers. 

In prison it can feel like you’ve destroyed any chance of getting a job when you’re released. For Lucy, an employability workshop with Ricoh while she was finishing her sentence dramatically changed her prospects.

After becoming a Ban the Box employer, Ricoh has followed in the footsteps of other Reducing Reoffending through Employment Network members to open a Digital Training Academy at HMP Onley.

Building on their commitment to Ban the Box, international construction and support services group Interserve is supporting young offenders to gain employment on their release from HMP Brinsford through a Facilities Management Academy.

The Building a Better World Supplement available on easyJet flights throughout April.

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In 2015 AF Blakemore completed BITC’s CR Index on a private basis as a baseline assessment around its responsible business activities and performance. The CR Index was used as a management tool to further integrate responsible business into all parts of the organisation.

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In a world of cloud-based computing, businesses are increasingly looking to harness big data as a means of gaining more information to better serve their customers. As a result, industry experts cite data analytics as one of the fastest growing career fields, and predict that businesses will need to hire at least 200,000 data analysts by 2018. One of the applications of data analytics is in the area of cyber-security.

Fujitsu has a long-standing affiliation with the UK armed forces, having supplied ICT products and services to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) for over 50 years. Whilst their Defence & National Security arm is seen as a natural fit for Service leavers with an IT background, they have introduced initiatives throughout the business to ensure that veterans and reservists can transition into and thrive within a commercial environment.

Resource management company Veolia's services benefit the UK population through recycling collection and delivery, water treatment and management, low carbon and renewable heat and electricity, and by providing new materials to industry.

Veolia: Business in the Community's Responsible Business of the Year 2016

By working together with other companies to mobilise private sector resources in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company provided vital support to communities and helped to restore markets.

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company: Winner of the UPS International Disaster Relief Award (Large Company) 2016

iDT Labs developed a hazard payment solution which helped to prevent the collapse of the healthcare system in Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and established their reputation in ICT for development.

iDT Labs: Winners of the UPS International Disaster Relief Award (Small Company) 2016

Mining company ArcelorMittal brought the private sector together to fight the Ebola virus in Liberia, mobilising emergency support and building goodwill for their business.

ArcelorMittal - The Ebola Private Sector Mobilisation Group - Highly Commended

The Manila Water Company is helping people in poor urban communities to access clean, safe, affordable water, while improving the quality of the water supply and growing a new customer base.

The Manila Water Company: Winners of the Unilever Global Development Award 2016

Agri-business Olam International has expanded and strengthened their supply chain by offering training, healthcare, and accessible finance to the farming communities they work with.

Olam International - Societe d'Exploitation Cotonniere Olam - Highly Commended

Hospitality company Whitbread is tackling climate change and making savings through two new environmentally friendly building projects, the Costa Eco-Pod and the Hub hotel, from Premier Inn.

Whitbread: Winner of the Asda Environmental Leadership Award 2016

St Leger Homes' older workers are supported to retrain and work flexibly so that individuals are not forced out of employment.

St Leger Homes of Doncaster: Winners of the Championing an Ageing Workforce Award

Unipart Group has increased employee engagement, reduced absence, and built their reputation for safety through its new strategic Wellbeing programme, Unipart Workwell.

Unipart Group: Winners of the Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award 2016 (Large Company)

North Star Housing Group dramatically increased employee wellbeing, engagement and business surplus by introducing new ways of working and giving staff a greater say in how the company is run.

North Star Housing: Winners of the Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award (Small Company) 2016

Thousands of young farmers are learning how to stay safe at work thanks to the Farm Safety Foundation, established by NFU Mutual. Farming is Britain’s most hazardous industry; the charity wants to change that.

NFU Mutual: Winners of the Samworth Brothers Rural Action Award 2016

Starting Out is a Sky Academy initiative that uses TV, creativity and sport to help young people build practical skills and experience. The programme provides over 1,000 work related opportunities for young people each year.  

Sky: Winners of the Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award (Large Company) 2016

AmicusHorizon is a large housing association which wants to support its residents into work and build stronger communities. Stronger communities house better residents so everybody wins. 

AmicusHorizon: Winners of the Unipart Inspiring Young Talent Award 2016 (Small Company)

The cycle of long-term unemployment is being broken by Bolton at Home’s employment programme. Tenants are helped into work and are then better able to pay their rents.

Bolton at Home: Winners of the Employment for Excluded Groups Award

Beyond Business is a social enterprise incubation programme run by specialist bank and asset manager Investec in partnership with the Bromley by Bow Centre. The programme nurtures east London businesses which have a positive social impact. 

Investec: Winners of the 2016 Experian Building Stronger Communities Award in recognition of Sir John Peace

Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is helping tackle loneliness amongst older people, by creating monthly face-to-face tea-party friendship groups for over 75 year olds who live alone.

JTI UK - The Power of Friendship - Highly Commended

11,000 students from some of Glasgow’s most deprived areas have had their aspirations boosted and prospects improved thanks to Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Club project.

Glasgow Caledonian University: Winners of the Education Award

Barclays has been actively involved in the recruitment of ex-Service personnel for a number of years. It’s Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement (AFTER) Programme, which was set up in 2010.

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Nationwide used a longstanding charity partnership to create a specialist service for customers with cancer, improving its support to vulnerable customers, increasing its reputation and improving employee engagement.

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A partnership between GSK and Save the Children has led to the development of new products, such as chlorhexidine antiseptic gel for cleaning umbilical cords, which are improving child health in the developing world.

The challenge | What they did | The impact

Veolia has gone through transformational change to convert from a waste management company to a resource management company.

The challenge | What they did | The impact

To demonstrate the effectiveness of grid computing, IBM created World Community Grid, allowing humanitarian organisations can use this new technology to carry out research.

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Services company Sodexo formed an innovative partnership with conservation charity WWF to support its Livewell programme, helping encourage businesses and policy-makers to facilitate the adoption of diets which are both healthy and sustainable

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Recognising the risks that alcohol misuse present to the success of its entire industry, HEINEKEN uses its brand to promote moderate drinking to push shifts in consumer attitudes and behaviour.

The challenge | What they did | The impact

Jaguar has created a vehicle that combines a low-cost of ownership and reduced CO2 emissions with a great driving experience. 

The challenge | What they did | The impact

Mining and minerals company Anglo American has introduced recycled platinum to its supply chain, giving customers the best of both worlds - security of supply and ethical sourcing credits.

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Danone Nutricia created a valuable guide to weaning, making its leading Cow & Gate brand more relevant to its consumers, and helping parents navigate a tricky time in their babies' lives.

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M&S is working to weave social and environmental benefits into all of its products over time.  It's what M&S customers expect, and it's an opportunity to grow market share and develop better ways to do business.

The challenge | What they did | The impact

Every day Wales & West Utilities does its very best to keep 7.5 million customers safe and warm, with a gas network they can rely on and a level of service they can trust. 

Wales & West Utilities - Wales Responsible Large Business of the Year

Using innovation and ethical business practices, Dr Zigs has turned bubbles into profit. Constantly updating its products and manufacturing process, the firm is changing the world, one bubble at a time.

Dr Zig's Extraordinary Bubbles - children playing with bubbles

The Dragon LNG Darwin Experience (DLNGDE) uses field trips and hands-on activities to engage pupils, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, in technology-related career paths.

Dragon LNG - The Darwin Centre Experience

GE Aviation Wales offers apprenticeships in both engineering and business administration. The programmes provide excellent opportunities for young people and guarantees talent for the future of the engineering industry.

GE Aviation Wales' apprentices and staff in front of an engine

GE Aviation Wales is working with two local schools to provide mentoring support for pupils who are in danger of failing GCSE maths. The jet engineering firm is proving that maths doesn’t have to be rocket science.

Girls taking part in GE Aviation's Maths Mentoring Programme

Halen Môn has moved into a purpose-built new saltcote (salt factory) on the Isle of Anglesey. With built-in cost savings, the world famous sea salt is now more efficient to produce than ever before.

Halen Mon Anglesey Sea Salt - Winner, Dwr Cymru Environmental Leadership Award

Financial services company Admiral has launched a programme, Ministry of Health, which aims to create an overall welfare structure for the business by pulling together different aspects of support for staff.

Admiral Group - Ministry of Health

Business in the Community Scotland’s Large Company of the Year clearly demonstrated to the judges a diverse, well-rounded and practical approach to responsible business that is embedded in all of its day-to-day operations and tailored for the local communities in which it serves

Business in the Community Scotland winner

Rabbie's is an SME which continues to place environmental sustainability at the heart of its business, and which takes a holistic approach to responsible business; fostering partnerships with like-minded companies, seeking to influence others and spreading sustainable values across the country.

Business in the Community Scotland winner

LifeScan Scotland is a committed builder of community partnerships with a focus on allowing employee volunteering without limitation of time. The company’s approach encourages every employee to volunteer, with akk the positives of benefiting both the local community and workforce.

Business in the Community Scotland winner

Michelin has a multifaceted approach to employability that is centred around enhancing skills in the local community to create opportunities for all, raising aspirations and improving people’s quality of life.

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Clydesdale Bank's dedicated team gave their skills, talent and enthusiasm and made an immediate difference to the charity they worked with, allowing the charity to focus on improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

Business in the Community Scotland winner

Backed by a hugely supportive employer, Douglas has a tireless appetite for getting stuck in to all sorts of projects, and in doing so has inspired others and made a real difference to communities.

Business in the Community Scotland winner

A leader which seeks to inspire and influence policy makers locally and globally in developing sustainability across the construction industry and beyond, Kirsty Maguire Architect Ltd proves that great design can go hand-in-hand with environmental sustainability.  

Business in the Community Scotland winner

Established in 1872, Adnams is a UK brewer, hotelier and wine merchant, who hold their values at the heart of their business and are committed to making sure that their impact on society is a positive one.

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Hermes Investment Management aim to deliver excellent returns responsibly. The company has created a pledge to always put clients first, and act responsibly and transparently. Taken initially by every member of the Hermes Executive and Management Committees, the pledge is being rolled out to all Hermes staff and has already been signed by over 75% of staff.

Hermes Investment Management

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants.

EDF Energy: HPC Conference

Financial services company State Street Corporation are working to incorporate key elements of corporate responsibility across their business strategy, through solid governance, strong reporting, operational excellence, and a focus on workforce diversity and engagement.

State Street Corporation: Mentoring programme with Walworth Academy

John Pulsford Associates Limited (JPA) is reducing waste and making savings by offering furniture repair and recycling services.

JPA Furniture - a notebook recycled from a chair

Veolia is tackling resource scarcity and climate change by challenging its staff to develop innovative products which reuse materials while opening up new revenue streams.

Veolia - Resourcing the World: A man standing next to a pipe

National Grid is working with local partners to transform the way they manage their landholdings, improving biodiversity and conservation as well as adding value to their business.

National Grid - Natural Grid: A National Grid employee looking through binoculars

Élan Hair Design transformed their salon into an award-winning eco-friendly business by investing in new technologies and devising new waste management systems.

Elan Hair Design: The salon

WSP | Parsons is making sure that its building and infrastructure projects are future fit and sustainable through research into environmental, economic and social trends.

WSP | Parson Brinckerhoff - Future Ready: A landscaped area

The InterContinental Hotels Group mobilises the full resources of its hotels around the world to support communities, guests and employees in areas affected by disasters.

InterContinental Hotels Group - IHG® Shelter in a Storm

Through innovation and strong partnership Xylem Inc. have delivered clean water and sanitation to people affected by disasters worldwide, and helped them to mitigate future disaster risks.

Xylem Inc. -  Xylem Watermark

Smart e-Money Inc. provided a way for typhoon survivors to access critical aid payments using mobile technology, giving many their first chance to access formal banking services.

Smart e-Money, Inc. together with Voyager Innovations, Inc - Mobile Cash Transfer Program

More than 400 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds have been recruited onto the life changing Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) awards programme by Amey, which provides public and regulated services across Britain. 

Amey - working with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards: A young lad doing some gardening

Thanks to consultantcy PwC’s school engagement strategy, almost 6,000 young people, many from disadvantaged backgrounds, have been given the skills and confidence they need to find work.

PwC - Schools Engagement and Recruitment strategy: a group of students

WISE is a ground-breaking programme that educates, engages and employs young people, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, and supports them into the world of work. Run by Whitbread, it provides opportunities in the hospitality sector.

Whitbread - Investing in Skills and Employment: Participants talking together

By taking healthcare into the community GEEL Medical Services is working to reduce the maternal mortality rate in rural Uganda and helping girls delay motherhood.

GEEL Medical Services - Delivering Dignity through Healthcare

By installing solar lamps, stoves, and water filters Pollinate Energy is delivering safe, green, affordable electricity to urban communities in India and growing its business at the same time.

Pollinate Energy - Pollinate Energy Business Model

As part of Primark's aim to use only sustainably produced cotton the company is training farmers in India to adopt more sustainable methods, enabling them to increase their income while reducing fertiliser and pesticide use.

Primark - Sustainable Cotton Programme

GSK and Save the Children have reached 1.3 million children across 37 countries with lifesaving medical interventions since the launch of their global partnership in 2013.Working as equal partners, the collaboration is bringing both organisations new insights and opportunities for innovation.

GSK (GlaxoSmithKline Plc) – GSK and Save the Children partnership. Credit: Allan Gichigi/ Save the Children

EDF Energy’s Big Energy Project has shown students, teachers and the wider public how to reduce their energy consumption and save money. The project also teaches valuable employment skills.

Children learning about science through EDF Energy's Big Energy Project

Children from one of Britain’s poorest areas are improving their prospects of finding work thanks to a partnership between investment bank Rothschild and schools in deprived East London schools.

Children with a mentor from the Rothschild Schools Partnership

Pupils aged 11-18 in one of the poorest areas of the UK are receiving practical and financial support thanks to a partnership between car maker Ford and Robert Clack School.

Ford of Britain and Robert Clack School Partnership

Through a programme of Summer Schools run by computing giant IBM, 1,000 teachers have developed their computing skills, enabling them to improve the teaching of the new computing curriculum for 30,000 primary school pupils. The project aims to create the next generation of computing professionals.

IBM Summer School for Computing Subject Leaders

Siemens integrated programme aims to inspire the next generation of engineers. The Curiosity Project is playing a role in nurturing the five million new STEM graduates the UK will need in coming years.

Children learning about science and engineering through Siemens' Curiosity Project

Digital agency Visualsoft gives employees complete control over where they work and what hours, as long as they meet their targets, leading to higher employee engagement, greater client satisfaction, and increased financial turnover. 

Visualsoft - creating a culture of trust - Finalists in the Bupa Wellbeing at Work Award

Joint venture BmJV used its Health, Safety and Wellbeing programme to deliver a number of initiatives, including free health checks, briefings, and safety incentives to improve the health and wellbeing of their workers and made savings through reduced absence.

bmVJ - Health, Safety and Wellbeing: Wellbeing check-up

Marks & Spencer started a conversation with its colleagues about mental wellbeing to help create a workplace culture in which people can be themselves and to raise awareness of the support available.

Marks & Spencer - Mental Wellbeing Initiative: An inflatable elephant in a room

Local farmers are being encouraged to grow more apples and pears as part of H. Weston & Sons’ Grow Our Own project which aims to secure a sustainable high quality supply for the company's ciders.

H Weston & Sons - Grow our own: The Weston workforce outside their cider making buildings

Grassroots fundraising, local community engagement and volunteering in the countryside are being supported by a £45,000 micro sponsorship scheme set up by quality sausage maker debbie&andrew’s.

debbie&andrews' - community microsponsorship scheme: Suffolk Young Farmers

Skipton Building Society has launched initiatives to contribute to the wider social debate around the often confusing world of retirement, drive awareness of the issues and be a strong and positive force for change.

Skipton Building Society - for the life ahead: Information point about the Skipton Building Society's Retirement Index

Barclays has brought greater diversity to their workforce, gained insight into their older customer base, and created new opportunities for older workers through apprenticeships, flexible working, role models and digital skills champions.

Barclays Bank - Barclays Multigenerational Programme

Steelite International's diverse workforce ensures that vital skills are handed down from one generation to the next.

Steelite International - Age friendly culture: A Steelite employee at work

The Building Futures programme has helped hundreds of young jobseekers gain the skills to pursue careers in construction and beyond.

Wates Group - Building Futures: A participant in the Building Futures programme

The lives of 850 homeless people in London have been transformed by PwC’s social enterprise restaurant, Brigade.  Previously disadvantaged people have been helped to gain skills, confidence and employment. 

The sign at Brigade, PwC's social enterprise restaurant and bar

People affected by homelessness are being helped into employment by the McKinsey & Company‘s Work Ready Programme. The training scheme builds skills and confidence in both the trainees and existing staff.

McKinsey and Company - Work Ready Programme: Young people in an employability workshop

Linklaters’ global community investment programme seeks to ensure that all members of staff are acting as trusted advisers, valued colleagues, engaged professionals, and good neighbours. The firm has demonstrated a sound global strategy which provides a framework for its global community investment activities, while also being flexible enough to work with local communities to address local issues.

Linklaters logo

By putting people and community at the heart of everything it does, Ecclesiastical has succeeded in being reaccredited with the CommunityMark.

Ecclesiastical Insurance logo

Since achieving CommunityMark recognition in 2013, Wates Group has launched its long-term framework for sustainability, Reshaping Tomorrow. One of the pillars of this strategy, Tomorrow’s Communities, focuses on working in partnership to unlock potential and leave a lasting legacy in the communities in which Wates works.

Wates logo

London Stansted Airport has a strong and comprehensive model for engaging with local and regional stakeholders in order to understand and address community needs.

London Stansted (MAG) Airport

FDM Group is a global professional service provider with a focus on IT. They launched their Ex-Forces Programme in the UK in 2014, helping veterans bridge the gap between the military and commerical world.

BT has also been a long-standing employer of choice for ex-armed forces personnel and has capitalised on the skills that these individuals bring to its business. 

BT Openreach

Carillion have been one of the Business Connector programme’s most significant seconding organisations. Since joining the programme in 2011, they have seconded eight of their talented employees to work in local communities of greatest need in England.

Thousands of young people from inner city London boroughs are supported into employment or university every year by Lloyd's Community Programme, which has been running for over 26 years.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Schlüter-Systems Ltd is reducing stress and increasing engagement in its workforce by introducing flexible working, health checks, management mental health training, counselling, and a better office environment.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Software company Oracle 'Mind Over Matters' campaign connects their workforce with wellbeing resources and mental health support, enabling the company to save just under £1m from reduced absence. 

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

EDF Energy are tackling the STEM skills shortage and investing in tomorrow's engineers through educational programmes about sustainable energy. 

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Barclays has strategically focused on employee wellbeing to sustainably enhance its performance and reputation, while exemplifying Barclays’ Values and making a really positive impact on the lives of those who work there.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

By delivering leadership training to their supply chain workforce Marks and Spencers are supporting local communities and building a more resilient business.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Nationwide is the world’s largest building society, with over 15 million customers, 17,000 employees and 700 branches in the UK. The company believes that by focusing on doing the right thing for customers and operating with fairness, honesty and transparency, a business can succeed.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

NH Hotel Group is a major business hotel chain, operating almost 400 hotels in 29 countries across Europe, America and Africa. The Group has integrated its corporate responsibility commitments into every part of the business.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The Bank of England is improving staff wellbeing through a strategic approach, and a three-pronged ‘Think well, live well, be well” initiative.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The life and work prospects of hundreds of London's most vulnerable young people have been improved and Pinsent Masons has gained access to a rich pool of untapped talent.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Cargill, Inc. are ensuring a sustainable supply of quality cocoa by supporting local cooperative leaders in Côte d’Ivoire with management training and coaching.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Blue Badge company, where half the staff have first-hand experience of disability, is reaping the rewards for its recruitment policy. The company is boosting both lives and the bottom line.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Young people with learning disabilities are finding work opportunities thanks to the EmployAbility – Let’s Work Together internship programme run by National Grid.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

More than 21,000 jobless young people have been helped into employment or training by the Opportunity Partnership, a £30m scheme run by HSBC in collaboration with charities.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

People with disabilities are developing the skills they need to find work thanks to Steps into Work, an internship programme run by EDF Energy.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

By investing in renewable energy the Lanchester Group has become a carbon minus company and made itself an appealing choice for consumers concerned about environmental impact.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) is funding solutions to climate change through Green Bonds and building their name as a leader in environmental finance.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

what3words' simple global address system supports people to access aid and finance, organisations to evaluate their programmes, and businesses to deliver services while building the company's reputation for social impact.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

HSBC have built a reputation for climate action through water and sanitation programmes, research into climate change solutions, investment in innovation, and training for future leaders in sustainability. 

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Affinity Water protects rivers in their area and preserves future water supply by working with schools and communities to reduce consumption, carrying out river works, and tackling pollution.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

London Stansted Airport is pioneering new performance technologies, using satellite navigation, which can reduce the noise impacts on residents living around the airport, by helping aircraft to fly more accurately.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

In the wake of the Nepal earthquake, NRS International worked with local partners and engaged their staff, allowing them to quickly deliver relief where it was most needed.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

ERIKS Industrial Services Ltd brought their global workforce together through a healthy lifestyle challenge which boosted engagement as well as employee wellbeing.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Royal Mail Group are working in partnership to improve employee wellbeing across their workforce of 143,000 employees, challenging mental health stigma and reducing days lost to sick leave.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

By investing in new technologies, reusing waste products, and valuing biodiversity, food producer ABP UK has reduced its energy and water usage and gained a competitive edge.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

As well as helping to 'keep the lights on' during the Ebola crisis, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's pro bono work in Sierra Leone helped to establish the firm as a leader in the field.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Spirent Communications has launched a scheme within its Positioning Technologies Division to plug the tech skills gap and encourage a younger, more diverse workforce to take up science and technology jobs.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Hogan Lovells International LLP partners with NGOs to tackle global development issues through its Sustainable Development Programme, which helps boost its brand recognition and client base.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Boyner Holding A.Ş is building the skills and confidence of young women raised in care, challenging discrimination, and growing employee engagement and expertise through volunteering.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The Bereavement Centre offers free one-to-one counselling, support groups and memorial services to all of those who are grieving in the Portsmouth area. The Centre also provides training for those who deal with the bereaved.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

ACT Training is one of the largest work based learning providers in Wales. It delivers apprenticeships and traineeships to over 6,500 learners every year across Wales through its six skills centres.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Welsh Water delivers safe reliable drinking water and sanitation to 3.2 million people across Wales, Herefordshire and Deeside. Its not-for-profit operating model allows it to return all benefits to its customers and the environment.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Capital Network Solutions is a values-led cybersecurity and network business operating in South Wales. It promotes as well as embraces the solution it sells and puts making the right choice at the heart of its decision making.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

n-ergy delivers vocational training and employability sessions each year to around 3,000 inmates within 30 prisons to give them a better chance of finding work after they’re released. The programme also helps ex-offenders secure sustainable employment.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

By 2020, Kingspan Group aims to effectively take no energy from the national grid by becoming energy neutral. As well as using renewable energy to save money, the firm will be fighting climate change.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) has fully embraced the Government’s Greening Government Commitments, and so is striving to reduce its environmental impact with a number of ambitious targets.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Civil engineering company Carillion is using a road development project as a catalyst to deliver social benefits for South Wales. Working with local groups, the project is providing investment, employment, training and apprenticeships.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The ACT Pre-Apprenticeship Programme supports high-achieving school leavers who are ready and able to enter the world of work, earn a good wage and join a company that can nurture their potential.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The ACT Schools project is changing the lives of young people in Cardiff who have previously had difficulties in the education system. Its holistic approach is helping pupils complete school and find their first job.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Welsh Water is educating its future customers and prospective employees about what it does and why it does it, through a holistic and broad spectrum approach.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

GE Aviation Wales is looking after its staff with a programme designed to increase mental and physical wellbeing. Focusing on prevention and wellbeing, the programme is making GE and the communities it works in healthier.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Last year, Principality Building Society forged an award winning partnership with mental health charity Mind Cymru, which saw the firm improve the mental well-being of its staff members and the communities it works in.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

Carbon Zero Renewables is expert in the installation of solar energy systems for domestic and commercial customers. The firm is showing real growth by using responsible business practices.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

The Wales & West Utilities pilot project will model and map how flooding will look in the future. This will help protect properties and communities by outlining the growth of floodplains and increasing flood depth.

Responsible Business Awards 2016 - Shortlisted

This report, produced by Business in the Community, supported by Santander, provides a number of case studies, demonstrating the business case for large businesses supporting SMEs.

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Signing up to Business in the Community’s Ready for Work programme finally put an end to Charn’s year-long search for a job. Now, happily employed with leading retailer Marks and Spencer, Charn feels like her life is back on track and she’s excited about what the future holds.

The Hertfordshire Workplace Wellbeing Practitioners’ event held on 6 March in Hatfield brought together 30 plus delegates who shared best practice and explored how to measure their return on investment from building and developing their wellbeing strategy.

This report focuses on the Responsible Business Awards and how companies are using responsible business to address key issues.

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Established in 2010 as a sister company to leading temporary labour procurer de Poel, de Poel Community was founded under the ethos of championing employment opportunities for all and generating positive and effective change throughout communities in the UK.

De Poel community logo

Fujitsu is a leading information and communication technology company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services.  It integrates critical world issues into all of its strategic planning, and aims to use its passion for ICT to be an architect of the future, helping the planet get ready for 9 billion people.

Fujitsu - Responsible Business of the Year 2015

GSK's humanitarian response to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa included cash and product donations, increased investment in frontline health workers, and accelerated development work on a vaccine.

GSK emergency response: Ebola virus disease - frontline healthcare workers in protective suits

Product design and procurement specialist Matrix APA is tackling supply chain issues to steer significant change in a notoriously challenging field.

Matrix APA - Placing social and ethical responsibilities at the heart of the supply chain: A worker in a factory

NATS' Continuous Descent Campaign has reduced aircraft noise, cut CO2 emissions and helped the aviation industry save money on fuel and reduce its environmental impact.

NATS: Continuous descent campaign - A plane overhead

Veolia has gone through transformational change to convert from a waste management company to a producer of resources, reducing dependency on natural resources for itself and its customers, creating new revenue streams and opening up new markets.

Veolia: Resourcing the world - a Veolia scientist at work

Sky has improved the design of its products and services to make them more energy efficient and reduce its use of natural resources, saving money for the company and its customers and strengthening relationships in its supply chain.

Sky: Better Products - Sky employees at work

Centrica has supported its employees to combine work with caring responsibilities, which has helped it attract and retain a diverse and talented workforce.

Centrica: Supporting carers - receiving an award

Unilever UK Ltd has created a mental health programme that incorporates manager training and awareness, employee learning, information, and tools for individuals and teams to improve their resilience and positive mental health.

Unilever UK Mental Wellbeing programme

Esh Group has brought together businesses and schools across the north of England to provide free careers advice, which has helped the construction firm build strong relationships with businesses within and outside its sector.

Esh Group - Building My Skills: A speaker at a Building My Skills session in a school

Barclays' youth employability strategy provided many routes for progression, meaning that leadership roles, further qualifications and long-term careers are no longer out of reach.

Barclays Bank plc - Grow with Barclays, the Youth Employment Strategy

Livin Housing's employability programme provides a wide range of opportunities to young people of all ages and abilities, helping them gain employment, apprenticeships and qualifications.

Livin Housing Ltd - Livin Futures: Young people carrying out property maintenance.

WDH’s Cash Wise project has improved the financial capabilities of social housing tenants, which has helped them maintain their tenancies and reduced rent arrears, saving the organisation money.

WDH: Cash Wise - participants at a Cash Wise event

ISS has developed a coherent five-stage strategy to inform, inspire, guide, recruit and develop young people, bringing them closer to the labour market and providing them with employability skills.

ISS Limited: ISS Youth Employability - an ISS apprentice

The P&A Group of Companies has a clear commitment to being a responsible business and the comprehensive approach being taken is delivering both powerful social and commercial benefits.

The P&A Group of Companies: Achieving Sustainability - Finance Wales Responsible Small Business of the Year, Winner 2015

Legal & General’s needs-led, strategic partnership with Pen y Dre School in Merthyr Tydfil is revolutionising pupils’ experience of the world of work, giving them contact with professionals whilst also providing development and volunteering opportunities for the company.

Legal & General: Business Class Partnership with Pen y Dre High School - Winner, Careers Wales Schools Partnership Award 2015

The collaborative approach taken by Castell Howell Foods towards strengthening its supply chain and simultaneously developing and support local SMEs has ensured growth and resilience in an important sector of the Welsh economy.

Castell Howell Foods: Regional Supply Chain Initiative - Winner, Network Rail Cymru Enterprise Growth Award 2015

As Monmouthshire Building Society reached a significant financial milestone, the Legacy Programme was established as a model for engaging staff, building brand reputation and supporting the development of community organisations by allocating funding.

Monmouthshire Building Society: Billion Pound Asset Legacy Programme - Winner, Wales & West Utilities Building Stronger Communities Award 2015

RCT Homes has successfully created a coalition of public, private and voluntary organisations to build a more resilient and viable local community, centred on the focal point of the high street.

RCT Homes: The Regeneration of Penygraig High Street - Wales & West Utilities Building Stronger Communities Award 2015, Highly Commended

Brother Industries (UK) are putting the principles of the circular economy at the heart of their operations, leading to commercial benefits and reduction of the impact this global business has on the environment.

Brother Industries UK: Driving circular economy principles for business growth - Winner, Wales Sustainable Products and Services Award 2015

The Roath Lock programme provides substantial and inspiring apprenticeship placements at the very heart of BBC Cymru Wales’ operations supporting the needs of the business and the needs of the wider media and creative sector in Wales.

BBC Cymru Wales: Roath Lock Apprentice Scheme - Winner (large company) Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Inspiring Young Talent Award 2015

HardingEvans Solicitors’ talent pipeline programme is rooted in the company’s values and is having a significant impact on young people and the business.

HardingEvans: #TeamHE Be Inspired - Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Inspiring Young Talent Award, Winner (small company), 2015

Nationwide, the largest building society in the world, is a mutual, owned and run for the benefit of its members. Acting responsibly and doing the right things for their members is Nationwide’s core business purpose, so while the financial services sector has been under the spotlight, it has been a standard-bearer for responsible business.

Nationwide, financial inclusion

TCS Affirmative Action Employment Training has increased the employment prospects of women and young people in India’s most marginalised communities, the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST).

TCS Affirmative Action Employment Training

The Midcounties Co-operative has reduced its energy consumption and waste, increased recycling and developed a successful low carbon energy business. This has reduced CO2 emissions, saved money and contributed to record growth.

The Midcounties Co-operative - a Co-operative approach to combating climage change: A wind turbine

Ricoh UK (RUK) has cut its CO2 emissions and use of resources through new ways of working, saving money and increasing customer satisfaction.

Ricoh UK - Sustainable Customer Service Model: A display screen

EE’s Techy Tea Parties have helped thousands of people improve their digital skills across the UK, reducing isolation, improving access to information and engaging EE’s retail staff.

EE - Techy Tea Parties: An EE employee explaining how to use a phone

Through a partnership with a school for special educational needs (SEN) students, Central England Co-operative (CEC) offered young people the opportunity for meaningful work experience placements and a better chance of finding a job.

Central England Co-operative - SENse to Aspire: A young person on a work placement at a Co-operative store

Three initiatives from ITV inspire and unlock the potential of young people from all backgrounds, building confidence, developing skills and providing practical, meaningful experiences.

ITV - ITVinspire, ITVinvite, ITVapprentice: Young people reading a script

Software development business Allstate Northern Ireland has developed a one-and-a-half day energy management workshop for all their staff, focused on improving their physical and mental wellbeing.

Allstate Nortern Ireland - Energy for Life initiative

JTI and its employees supported Crisis, the national charity for single homeless people, by delivering learning and employability services to help people into education, training and, ultimately, long-term employment.

JTI and Crisis - delivering life-changing learning - JTI employees volunteering for Crisis

The Calico Group, a social business operating housing and support services across the North West of England, has developed a skills and employability programme tailored to people who are particularly vulnerable to unemployment.

The Calico Group - skills and employability programme: A young person learning dog grooming.

DWF set up 5 STAR Futures to try and stop social background predicting a young person’s success. It has worked with 31 schools to increase students’ self-confidence and help prepare them for work, while engaging a quarter of its employees in volunteering activities.

DWF - 5 STAR Futures: A schoolgirl animatedly giving a presentation

Pinsent Masons has worked with 12 primary and secondary schools across the UK to improve pupils’ academic achievement and confidence, while supporting the firm’s objectives to recruit and retain motivated employees and develop their skills.

Pinsent Masons - Inspiring Young Lives: School children holding up certificates

Wales & West Housing Group have implemented a procurement system designed to create benefits for the business, their tenants and for the environment.

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Cambridge University Press (CUP) has involved a quarter of its UK-based workforce in supporting students from Coleridge Community College, which has helped the publisher strengthen its business relationships and gain a valuable insight into this customer group.

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Solent Health is an evidence-based programme aimed at addressing the main health issues facing their staff and students: mild mental health disorders; colds, coughs and flu; and musculoskeletal disorders.

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Ricoh’s Future Talent Development Programme has helped them grow a diverse, sustainable workforce for the future by bringing young talent into the business.

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Engineering firm NG Bailey has been employing apprentices since 1934 and sees them as key to maintaining the technical skills needed in the industry.

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British Land is working with partners to increase awareness among young people from diverse backgrounds of the choice of careers in real estate, raising their aspirations, developing their skills and helping them to pick the right subjects to benefit from opportunities in the industry.

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British Land has supported regeneration and community projects at Regent’s Place for 30 years, helping to make it one of the most improved areas in London.

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Veolia worked with Southwark Council to address unemployment, enhance green spaces and increase environmental awareness, which has reduced costs and improved brand awareness.

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The Midcounties Co-operative has supported local foodbanks, improved access to defibrillators and encouraged its employees to get involved in volunteering. This has increased employee engagement and reinforced the Co-operative’s values.

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UBS has encouraged its clients to make sustainable investments and developed new philanthropy solutions, which has increased its share of this market and strengthened internal relationships.

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Marshalls’ supply chain programme in India has made a positive impact on its suppliers and improved the lives of quarry workers and their families.  It has also launched Fairstone, an ethically sourced range of natural stone, and partnered with Unicef to support the drive to effect systemic change in the industry.

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NG Bailey has promoted engineering careers in five schools, helped address the skills shortage in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and created a pipeline to attract young people to its business.

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ISG have formed a strategic partnership with CARE International through which they provide funding and construction expertise, and supported the emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

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Tesco supports disaster preparedness and innovation work as a founding member of the British Red Cross Disaster Relief Alliance, and took a leading role in providing relief to the floods that hit Malaysia and India in 2014.

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In 2008, Anglo American identified the need to effectively engage and integrate its supply chain to drive sustainable development.

They focused on a series of areas, including increasing workplace safety, upholding human rights within the supply chain and protecting worker rights.

This was the start of a journey which sought to inspire broader social change through driving influence with suppliers.

Anglo American were driven by a very simple vision: its entire supply chain embracing and sharing its commitment to sustainable development.

In May 2011, Wates led a Seeing is Believing visit in North Leatherhead, to help senior business representatives understand the challenges faced by young people and families in deprived local communities; communities which co-exist next to some of the wealthiest areas in the South East.

Leatherhead Hub intervention

RCT Homes tackles a broad range of issues facing their tenants, ensuring they go above and beyond expectations to make a difference to their tenants, employees and suppliers.

RCT Homes - Our plan your future

GD Environmental successfully aligned their responsible business practices to their plans for strategic growth and expansion; increasing turnover, creating new jobs, reducing environmental impact and supporting staff development.

GD Environmental - Reducing waste, minimising impact

Rhondda Housing Association has clearly aligned their responsible business practices with the priorities of their business and created a series of successful programmes and partnerships with the potential to make a difference to the local community and business for years to come.

Rhondda Housing Association - Working together for a brighter future

The Say NO to CO campaign run by Wales & West Utilities aims to eradicate carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by raising awareness amongst the public and making them as familiar with audible CO alarms as they are with smoke detectors.

Say No to CO - home visit in Newport

Carillion’s Schools Engagement Programme in the Heads of the Valleys tackled low educational attainment and unemployment in the area by improving the employment prospects of young people.

Young people learning from Carillion

Carillion’s approach to going beyond contractual commitments whilst delivering infrastructure projects has provided employment, training and work experience for young people in Blaenau Gwent along with a myriad of business benefits.

Carillion is helping transform the lives of young people in Blaenau Gwent.

Finance Wales’ JEREMIE Fund is a unique combination of EU Structural Funds and other investment which provides financial support to a wide range of Welsh SMEs to enable growth.

The Finance Wales/Cyllid Cymru team

Anglian Water implemented the Keep It Clear campaign to educate customers on the disposal of fats, oils and grease (FOG) as part of its Love Every Drop strategy.

Anglian Water outdoor display

Blakemore Fine Foods helps small food and drink producers grow by providing them with logistics, business and technical support. This has boosted sales and opened up new markets.

Blakemore staff team

GSK has committed to reinvest 20 per cent of profits made in least developed countries (LDCs) back into those countries to develop health infrastructure through training frontline health workers.

Two south asian women wearing saris treating a child in front of a crowd of women and children. Photo credit: CARE/Kate Holt

Novus is reducing the environmental impact of its business and enhancing communities, enabling it to improve its relationships with clients and win new business and repeat contracts.

Novus Property Solutions Ltd - Santander Responsible Small Business Award

Gentoo Group encourages staff to live the values at work and at home. It believes that leading a healthy lifestyle and caring about one’s wellbeing is linked to every one of them.

Employee Wellbeing: Happy, Healthy and Here (HHH)

EDF Energy’s partnership with Okehampton College in Devon has encouraged students to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, helping ensure a skilled future workforce and raising awareness of energy-saving.

Solar array at Okehampton College

By offering homeless people and ex-offenders work placements and job coaching, Freshfields helps them enter employment while saving money and increasing engagement amongst its staff.

Participants on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer's Ready for Work programme

New Charter Housing Trust Group created Inspire to support tenant families affected by public service cuts to address issues such as unemployment, poor health and low educational attainment.

Dad and son at a New Charter Housing Trust Breakfast Club

Freshfields’ partnership with Haggerston School in Hackney is improving the employability of students, increasing employee volunteers’ skills and building the firm’s reputation with clients.

Haggerston School pupils

Customers are at the core of Asda’s business and it is proud of being in the heart of the communities it operates in. Many of these communities are seriously affected by youth unemployment and Asda has created the Opportunities for all Communities programme to offer a range of national and local initiatives to tackle this issue.

Asda trainees

Tata Consultancy Services has implemented InsighT, an IT camp which mentors students in India to improve their IT proficiency and employment prospects and help plug the IT skills gap.

SSKV students recieving their prize - part of Tata Consultancy Services InsighT programme

LSI Architects designs environmentally sustainable buildings, supports community projects and develops the skills of its employees – enabling the business to grow and win dozens of industry awards.

LSI Architects LLP - Santander Responsible Small Business Award

Ipswich Building Society has a wide-ranging social responsibility agenda which underpins the growth of its business. This includes educating schoolchildren about money, supporting staff volunteering and reducing its environmental impact.

Ipswich Building Society - Gusford Primary School money day

Blakemore Logistics has identified two key environmental impacts and made strategic investments and operational changes to embed environmental sustainability into its core services. This includes reducing  CO2 emissions and waste to landfill through stakeholder engagement within its supply chain.

A Blakemore driver delivering stock

Mondelēz International supports healthier lifestyles among primary schoolchildren in south Birmingham, generating media coverage which has reached two million people and engaging employees in volunteering opportunities.

Mondelēz International Health for Life participants

The University of Manchester is improving leadership in state schools by encouraging staff and alumni to become school governors, which develops their skills and builds relationships with institutions which provide future students.

The University of Manchester - School Governor Initiative

EDF Energy has broadened its Zero Harm strategy to include the physical and mental wellbeing of employees, mutually reinforcing engagement and wellbeing – and achieving great results.

EDF Energy: Zero Harm

A.F. Blakemore supports schoolchildren in deprived areas where its staff live and work – improving their confidence, attainment and behaviour, while developing a pool of motivated future employees.


A.F. Blakemore & Son - A.F. Blakemore Education Matters Programme

Phoenix Gas bases its business on supplying a more environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels while supporting environmental, education and community work and improving the well-being of its employees.

Phoenix Gas - Santander Responsible Small Business Award

Vista's sustainable business approach creates efficiencies which helps save clients money, while its community work has enhanced its reputation and provided staff with development opportunities.

Logistik - Santander Responsible Small Business Award

E.ON’s Energy Experience inspires school children to learn about energy through interactive events and online resources, while supporting business objectives and generating positive media coverage.

Children taking part in the E.ON Energy Experience

Freshfields seeks to improve social mobility and low levels of recruitment into law of young people from deprived backgrounds with its Insights work experience programme.

Capital One’s ClickSilver programme facilitates the mentoring of older people by university students, improving their digital safety, the students’ CVs, and bridging the social age gap.

Participants on Capital One's ClickSilver programme on ITV's This Morning

Greggs gives offenders and ex-offenders the chance to gain work experience and employment, building staff loyalty and demonstrating the company’s core values.

Greggs Ready to Work programme participants

PD Ports partnered with schools and other Teesside employers to address poor work experience and low awareness of opportunities in the area.

PD Ports - High Tide programme participants

Boots’ Let’s Inspire Initiative provides young people with the chance to access employment or further education opportunities by offering work placements, apprenticeships and graduate programmes.

By creating and supporting the Bridge Academy in Hackney, UBS is raising attainment among disadvantaged children, increasing staff pride and building the company’s reputation.

UBS partnership with the Bridge Academy Hackney

Pinsent Masons’ partnership with St Matthew’s Primary School in Birmingham has helped raise academic standards and improve children’s confidence, while supporting staff training and development.

Pinsent Masons mentor at St Matthew's Primary School

Pinsent Masons works with Cockburn School in Leeds, helping raise attainment and prepare students for work, while motivating staff and raising its profile in the local community.

Pinsent Masons and Cockburn School

Mondelēz International’s Cocoa Life programme aims to boost livelihoods and living conditions for 200,000 farmers and one million people in cocoa farming communities.

Mondelēz International - Cocoa Life

Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK (TMUK) aims to create a sustainable eco-plant, and constantly seek to stabilise, and eventually reduce to zero, their key emissions and use of resources.

In harmony with our natural surroundings

Northumbrian Water Group is challenging traditional high-energy engineering solutions to find environmental alternatives with the aim of being the greenest water company and securing water resources for its customers

Aerial view of Abberton reservoir - Northumbrian Water

Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Trust works with local schools and colleges to create employment opportunities for local young people and recruit a highly trained workforce.

Apprentices at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Shared Interest Society asks its members to invest in a fairer world and helps people in some of the poorest countries trade their way out of poverty.

Shared Interest Society

Lettuce Flowers has embedded environmental sustainability into its core business by offering locally grown and seasonal edible flowers reducing the environmental impacts associated with the cut flower industry.

One of Lettuce Flowers' locally grown displays

Centre for Partnership created the GEM Programme to offer unemployed and under employed graduates work experience, a qualification and employment within the housing sector.

GEM programme participants

New Diorama Theatre was built by British Land, as part of the Regent’s Place campus, following consultation with local residents that revealed a need for a high-quality theatre building to act as a creative hub, promoting cohesion and providing a resource for the entire community.

Awards 2014 Big Tick planter

In 2012, Wates worked in partnership with 400 students from schools in deprived communities, raising aspirations among young people and winning business as a result.

Reshaping Tomorrow

Wates, Re-Shaping Tomorrow

Wates’ Building Futures helped 54% of its long-term participants move back to employment or training in 2012, while saving the business £1 million in recruitment costs.

Wates’ Building Futures helped 54% of its long-term participants move back to employment or training in 2012, while saving the business £1 million in recruitment costs.

Wates Building Futures participants

Eat Like a Champ (ELAC) was born following Danone’s discovery that there was a gap in knowledge surrounding healthy lifestyles amongst teachers, parents and children. Danone partnered with the British Nutririon Foundation (BNF), The Children’s Food Trust (CFT), the Department of Health on the Change4Life campaign and with Ealing Council, the local authority for Danones UK head office.

South-East Local Impact Award - Highly Commended planter

The Freshfields work experience programme aims to provide young people from a range of backgrounds with insight into life at a law firm.  Last year, Freshfields provided over 130 placements to young people with 96% of students feeling the experience had given them a positive impression of the legal profession.

South East Local Impact Award Winner 2013 planter

Jobsite UK’s Beyond Blue programme offers 18-22 year olds a twelve-week volunteering programme based in Portsmouth, culminating in a chance to volunteer in the Townships of South Africa.  The volunteers develop the skills and abilities of youngsters in the townships, helping them to face the many challenges of growing up in communities plagued with poverty and hardship.

South East Impact Award Winner planter

In 2012 over 50% of Mars UK Associates volunteered in Slough through the Mars Volunteer Programme.  Alongside this, Mars’ new skills-based volunteering programmes was launched to address key local needs, and support Associates’ skills development, attracting a 12% uptake, against a 10% target.

Young people on a Mars work experience visit

Carillion were keen to engage with the local community and, in line, with the company’s vision and values, employee Jason Dowling saw an opportunity to invest in the future local workforce through the large number of existing employees' children attending the local King Richard School.

South East Local Impact Award Winner planter

British Land aims to implement its Community Charter at all major properties by 2015.  This includes building local relationships and addressing local issues, such as that of young carers in Westminster who have been supported by the art: space project.

South East Local Impact Award Winner 2013 planter

Prudential are a National Champion of Business Class and lead and fund the Reading cluster of businesses and schools. They see their Business Class engagement as a way of contributing, over the long-term, to local schools and communities.

Pupils of a Reading Business Class Cluster school

The Team RBS Islington Playground Challenge is a partnership between RBS and Islington Council to regenerate the twelve adventure playgrounds giving more than 1,000 children free, safe, open access places to play. With three out of four Islington residents living in flats, including 50% on purpose built estates, it is essential that outdoor spaces are made available for local children. 


RBS volunteers

UBS has a long-standing community affairs programme with the aim of overcoming disadvantage by supporting education and entrepreneurship in its local communities through a combination of funding and the commitment and skills of employees.  In 2012, over 2000 UBS volunteers collectively gave 17,000 hours of their time to the community.

UBS - London Employee Volunteering Company of the Year

Since 2011 Wates Construction Ltd. have been in a Business Class partnership with Kings Oak Academy in Bristol. The partnership was developed to raise the aspirations and life chances of students from the school, as well as to enrich Wates as a business. Mock interview sessions, mentoring and a careers fair have helped to achieve this, with positive reports from pupils and staff, and real results in the form of students finding apprenticeships.

Wates - Business Class

International Award - Large Business Winner 2012

As a cornerstone example of its long-standing commitment to expand financial inclusion, Citi has formed a successful partnership with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Under this partnership launched in 2006, Citi and OPIC have funded 29 microfinance institutions in 16 countries, directly reaching more than 330,000 local micro-entrepreneurs through small loans, approximately 84% of whom are women.

Citi, Scaling Microfinance to Achieve Financial Inclusion

Logistik – Sustaining our Partnerships

Through its numerous long-term art and creative parternships Logistik aims to create sustainable mutually beneficial partnerships with arts organisations in local communities providing the company with a unique way to challenge, motivate and develop its employees, local talent and local economy in Leeds and London.

People building a shed

Winner - Aircelle, Safran Group

Aircelle established a Business Class partnership with Shuttleworth College in 2009. Working with the school they established key areas of priority. These included supporting the personal development of teachers; inspirational work experience placements; raising the aspirations of female students; STEM initiatives and curriculum development tools.