Business in the Community Annual Report 2017

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BITC focuses on practical actions needed by companies and their leaders to respond to the world's enormous economic, social and environmental issues and drive a successful responsible business.

Significant achievements this year

  • 692 people have entered the workplace and a further 1108 have had their capacity for work enhanced and developed through BITC programmes – Ready for Work and Youth Career Initiative. 142 companies have reviewed their recruitment and entry level jobs process and requirements through Future Proof between them, employing more than 2.5m people. Ten have committed to remove all jargon from their recruitment in future. 80 companies including the Civil Service have Banned the Box, creating more than 715,000 roles which can now help those traditionally most excluded from the labour market.
  • We have supported 55,000 young people through our education programmes including  21,700 this year through our important LifeSkills created with Barclays partnership in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • A total of 4,874 jobs have been created by social enterprises on our arc programme since it began. Separately towns benefitting from our Healthy High Streets programme have reported the creation of 12,000 new jobs and 10.8m extra visitors, bringing £70m additional investment into those places over the past three years.
  • This year, 83 Business Connectors have been active in locations around the country. Every £1 of Big Lottery funding has leveraged £10.10 to benefit communities.
  • Our Smart Growth publication which celebrated 10 years since The Prince’s Mayday initiative was launched showed the powerful actions taken by leading business and the behavour change that has taken place to tackle climate change.
  • We acquired Trading 4 Good from the Department of Business, Energy and The Industrial Strategy (BEIS) enabling us to significantly scale up our offer to, and the engagement of, small businesses across the UK.

Brave campaigning by our workplace team saw a number of achievements

  • Ground breaking research lifting up the subject of suicide postvention. As well as our Wellbeing Director, Louise, Aston, being recognised with an award by the IOD for her campaigning expertise.
  • An acceleration of government action on Race in the workplace. Three of our recommendations stemming from our Race at Work Report published in 2015 were taken up by Government and our Race Director, Sandra Kerr OBE, was asked to join the Government’s Advisory Task Force.
  • Our Age At Work Leadership Team led by Andy Briggs, CEO, Aviva UK and Ireland Life, was asked to become the Government’s Business Champion for Older Workers.


Key findings