2015 marks 25 years of HRH The Prince's Seeing is Believing programme. The impact of the programme speaks for itself - from inspiring business leaders to take action that benefits their business and the community to creating life changing experiences on a very personal level. Take a look at the highlights over the past 25 years here.
In 2015, we held 22 Seeing is Believing visits across the UK with more than 300 participating senior business leaders. Thank you to all the visit leaders, business participants and community hosts for your support and engagement.
The visits focused on issues ranging from education to water scarcity. As a result of these visits, business leaders have demonstrated their commitment to responsible business by taking action on the social and environmental issues explored.
For more information on the visit outcomes, take a look below.
Could your organisation be interested in taking part, or maybe even leading a 'Seeing is Believing' visit? If so, or simply to discuss programme in more detail, please get in touch with Blessing Buraimoh, the Seeing is Believing Programme Manager.
Accenture, ASDA, DLA Piper, intu, KPMG, The Southern Co-operative, and Teach First led Seeing is Believing visits across the UK looking at how businesses can support young people through long term collaborative partnerships with schools.
With the support of Santander, Walgreens Boots Alliance led a Seeing is Believing visit in Maidenhead looking at the current and future challenges faced by our high streets. Santander then led two visits to inspire entrepreneurs of small and medium sized organisations to adopt responsible business practices.
Dairy Crest led a Seeing is Believing visit in Gloucestershire to engage businesses on the importance of stewardship of the natural environment, focusing particularly on water. Adnams and Anglian Water jointly led a visit in East Anglia looking at how water stewardship can contribute to a thriving British countryside and a secure food future. These visits were supported by Defra. Taking place in Manchester, Costain and United Utilities led a visit to highlight the risks and opportunities of flooding, drought and water quality.
Focusing on the ageing population, Aviva led a Seeing is Believing visit looking at the challenges of the Missing Million people over 50 who are unable to get back to work, demonstrating the importance of older workers to the future of the economy and to employers. EDF led a Seeing is Believing visit to engage businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths sector on the importance of ethnic diversity in the workforce.
Carillion led a visit in Liverpool looking at how businesses can offer people a route out of re-offending through employment. Focusing on youth employment, Jaguar Land Rover led a visit in Southwark looking at the role of community sports club partnerships in supporting disadvantaged young people into education and employment.
Fujitsu and Waitrose led visits in Southwark and Slough, respectively, focusing on the difference that businesses can make in the community through joining the Business Connector programme. Over twenty organisations were able to experience first-hand the difference that the Business Connector Programme is making on businesses and the community.
The following Seeing is Believing visits focused on exploring emerging issues. British Gas led a Seeing is Believing visit in Manchester to raise awareness and share best practice around providing practical help for customers living in vulnerable situations. PwC led a Seeing is Believing visit on the need for a multi-sector partnership approach to tackling challenging social issues such as homelessness. Focussing on Oxford, Unipart led a Seeing is Believing visit to explore some of the key social issues facing the local community looking at how local employers can work collaboratively to help build a fairer society and more sustainable future for the city.