Innovation: Integrating technical, collaborative and behavioural solutions to problems

The Water programme aims to catalyse innovation by suggesting how research activity can be better targeted to help businesses be more water resilient.

We currently have three key projects in this area:

Unflushables

We are bringing together a collaboration to explore product development and behaviour change to reduce the impact of products such as wet wipes disposed via the toilet.

Fat Traps

Working with the water companies, Water UK, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose we helped scale up the initiative to give out fat traps/funnels at Christmas, seeing more than 250,000 devices distributed across the UK in 2014.

Energy recovery

This project will explore the opportunities for energy from waste related to ‘fatbergs’ and anaerobic digestion of sewage and other materials (project currently being scoped).

 

Responsible Businesses must act now for skills that are fit for the future

13 March 2019 - 11:40am
Change is coming: Education Director Rachael Saunders and Employment Director Nicola Inge of Business in the Community on ensuring that companies are not left behind by a transforming market...

Will we live to see the end of the gender pay gap?

10 January 2019 - 11:21am
Chloe Chambraud, Gender Equality Director, Business in the Community, on how employers can work towards closing the gender pay gap in 2019   I hope that I will live long enough to see the gender gap close in my lifetime in the UK. At the current pace, it is estimated that it will take another 61...

Creating a positive impact in our community – what responsible businesses and their supply chain can achieve together

27 July 2018 - 12:00am
Chris Newsome, Director of Asset Management at Anglian Water shares his thoughts on how Anglian Water has an emotional connection to the community that it not only serves but is part of.    Water is the ultimate local product. For the vast majority of customers in our region, the water in their...

Mark Carney and Villeroy de Galhau climate change warnings must now provoke financial system change

17 April 2019 - 10:08am
In response to today’s publication of an open letter from Mark Carney and Villeroy De Galhau accompanying the launch of a report from the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), Gudrun Cartwright, environment director at Business in the Community, said: Read more.

What happens when we can’t switch off? The impact of digital devices on our work life balance

17 April 2019 - 9:46am
Paul Barrett, Head of Wellbeing, Bank Workers Charity works with Business in the Community as a Wellbeing partner. Following the publication of their latest white paper At the crossroads – The need for a digital rebalance, Paul explores the relationship we have with our digital devices and the...

Why every company should talk about Race

15 April 2019 - 3:20pm
Business in the Community's Race at Work 2018 Scorecard Report: The McGregor-Smith Review One Year On, highlighted again that employers are not comfortable talking about race. BITC are encouraging...

Talking about mid-life – how conversations make a difference in the workplace

5 April 2019 - 4:19pm
Anne Willmot, Business in the Community Age Campaign Director writes of the importance of conversation and why age should not be a taboo subject.  The Hundred Year LifeWe all like to talk – over a coffee, in the queue at the supermarket, maybe on social media. And we all talk about a lot of things...

Gender pay gap will not close without clear plans to tackle inequality

4 April 2019 - 12:01am
Gender pay gap reporting alone is not enough and should include a clear narrative and action plan with time-bound targets. Action plans need to be communicated transparently internally and externally. Read more.

Six social benefits of businesses developing a circular service

2 April 2019 - 1:15pm
Ann Beavis, Marketing Consultant at Premier Sustain, is a member of Business in the Community’s Circular Economy Taskforce.  Ann explains the social value created from developing a circular service and how every business can support a holistic approach to one.    The environmental arguments for...

Seven steps for an SME to create good cyber habits

18 March 2019 - 12:17pm
Eleanor Bradley, chief operating officer at Nominet, reveals how companies can take measures to prevent becoming victims of online criminals   Habits are hard to break. Our brains prefer to learn behaviours and stick to them; walking a well-worn neural network is much easier than trying to create a...

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Key contact

Gudrun Cartwright
Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Marketplace Sustainability.

T: 07718 792 226
E:
gudrun.cartwright@bitc.org.uk

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