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:


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).


Global Climate Strike: Businesses urged to stop talking and start acting

19 September 2019 - 10:08am
Tomorrow (20 September), adults will join forces with students to inspire a call to action on the Earth’s climate and ecological emergencies. In response, Business in the Community, The Prince’s Responsible Business Network, has urged businesses to move beyond words of intent and act now to solve our planetary crises. Read more.

ONS figures on homelessness trends – one in four people who are homeless are working

17 September 2019 - 10:59am
Jessica Rose, employment campaign manager at Business in the Community responds to new figures by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which show that the number of people living in temporary accommodation is rising in England:  "With a quarter of people at risk of homelessness coming from...

Energy and resilience: Equip leaders with the right tools to tackle mental ill-health

11 September 2019 - 9:00am
Read the Mental Health at Work report 2018 Business in the Community’s Wellbeing Leadership Team has identified energy and resilience as one of six priority topics to improve mental health...

UK monthly unemployment figures – Jobs market robust on the surface but there is underlying workforce anxiety

10 September 2019 - 10:48am
In response to the ONS (Office for National Statistics) UK monthly unemployment figures published this morning, Nicola Inge, employment and skills campaign director at Business in the Community, said: “This latest jobs report is bittersweet. While the number of new jobs being created has slowed,...

The Responsible Business Tracker® launch: A tool to help complete the world's to-do list

9 September 2019 - 11:26am
Learn more about the Responsible Business Tracker® Alex Ferrand explains how companies can use Business in the Community's (BITC) Responsible Business Tracker® to have a positive impact on society and the...

Town deal announced for Blackpool

6 September 2019 - 3:04pm
The government has followed the House of Lords' Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee's recommendation, to give Blackpool a town deal in a major step forward in securing its future. Read more.

One in four people have had to leave at least one job in the last five years because of pressure and the negative impact it had on their mental health

29 August 2019 - 10:24am
Louise Aston, Wellbeing Campaign Director at Business in the Community responds to research, carried out by Censuswide, published today by Slater and Gordon showing that a quarter of people have had to leave at least one job in the past five years because of pressure and the negative impact it was...

ONS UK Population Overview report - Business in the Community comments

23 August 2019 - 12:12pm
In response to the ONS UK Population Overview report published this morning, Anne Willmot, age campaign director at Business in the Community, commented: "The impact of people living longer will have all manner of consequences, not just socio-political, but also corporate with changing demographics...

GCSE results adds to the evidence that children in poverty are less likely to succeed

22 August 2019 - 11:28am
Today’s publication of the 2019 GCSE results reveal a marked difference in grades between rich and poor pupils. Read more.


Key contact

Gudrun Cartwright
Head of Innovation and Partnerships, Marketplace Sustainability.

T: 07718 792 226


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