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).

 

Race at Work champion named in Queen’s birthday honours list

11 June 2019 - 9:56am
Sandra Kerr CBE, race equality director at Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince’s responsible business network, has been named as a Commander of the British Empire in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to equality and diversity. This honour is the latest mark of recognition for Sandra’s tireless commitment to addressing racial inequality in the workplace in the UK. Read more.

£2m National Lottery funding for older workers

7 June 2019 - 11:19am
The funding will help older people to remain in or return to work The grant is for the five-year Age at Work project which is raising awareness of an ageing workforce and supporting businesses to be more age inclusive. 47% of workers are likely to work past the state pension age to be able to...

Gender Equality in Focus: Responsible Business in Action

7 June 2019 - 9:00am
Business in the Community’s Gender Equality Campaign is the UK’s leading employer network dedicated to advancing equality between men and women at work. We are all about changing the system, not the women. Read the headlines from theGender Equality Award finalists The...

£2m National Lottery funding for older workers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

6 June 2019 - 11:15am
A new initiative aimed at supporting people aged 50+ in Scotland to remain or return to work has today received a £2.2 million boost from the National Lottery Community Fund. The funding is for the five-year Age At Work project which will work...

Are you measuring your business' impact as well as you think?

5 June 2019 - 2:59pm
Alex Ferrand, Responsible Business Tracker® Project Manager discusses how this new tool can help companies understand what success in responsible business looks like and how they will know when it has been achieved.   ...

Five ways business can take action on water

5 June 2019 - 2:15pm
Water is the essence of life. Without it we would die in a matter of days. With too much we would drown in minutes. It shows the health of our natural environment and is at the heart of ensuring people and nature can thrive in the future.  As one of our most precious resources, it is also under...

Why social, environmental and economic sustainability are inextricably linked.

1 June 2019 - 8:00am
Gudrun Cartwright, Environment Director at Business in the Community, welcomes you to Responsible Business in Action's Environment week.   Make the Waste to Wealth Commitment   Social,...

The Time for Talking is Over

1 June 2019 - 8:00am
To mark the focus on Environment in Responsible Business in Action we asked members of the Environment Campaign task forces to explain to us how they are turning words into action. This is what they said:...

Environment in Focus: Responsible Business in Action

1 June 2019 - 8:00am
Read the headlines from the UPS Environmental Sustainability Award finalists The world is waking up to our growing planetary emergency: from governments setting tighter targets, to extended producer responsibility across the whole lifecycle of products. And from investors...

Race Equality in Focus - Responsible Business in Action

29 May 2019 - 8:00am
Responsible employers are inclusive employers. Tackling any race disparities in the workplace will provide a potential economic boost to the UK of £24bn annually1. Read the headlines from The Race Equality Award 2019 Finalists One in four children in UK primary school...

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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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