Working together for a fairer Scotland
At Business in the Community Scotland we strongly believe that we can accomplish more when we work together than when we work alone. To this end we have encouraged collaboration between business, government and the third sector and tried to identify and share best practice.
We have been developing ways in which to deepen our working relationship with the Scottish Government. The government shares much of our concern around social justice and through its programmes, initiatives and leadership, BITC Scotland also strives to make Scotland a better place in which to live and work. To this end we wish to further explore working with the Scottish Government through a shared vision of a fairer society and more sustainable future.
Ahead of the Scottish Holyrood elections that took place on 5 May 2016, we prepared a Responsible Business Scorecard which highlighted how the policies of each of the five main Scottish political parties would drive forward responsible business. We also recently developed a public briefing to identify areas of common interest and opportunities for future collaboration with the Scottish Government.
We used this briefing to share with cabinet secretaries and ministers the programmes and campaigns that we are running in Scotland with the support of our member businesses, and to map these programmes against the new cabinet portfolios.
Realising the shared vision
In order to realise this shared vision, we have announced the creation of a Scottish National Action Plan for Responsible Business (SNAP-RB): a plan for responsible business in Scotland, led by business, with government, for society.
“I want Scotland to be the best place in the UK to do business. As part of that, we know that we need all businesses to flourish and thrive. This plan, which is led by business, sets out a shared ambition for ever more inclusive growth to build a stronger economy and society. Business in the Community Scotland has created this platform to deliver better business for a better Scotland, which are ambitions which my government shares. The same goals are at the heart of the Scottish Business Pledge and our support for Living Wage Accreditation and Fair Work.” - Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland
It’s time for change
We have seen positive government initiatives to drive businesses towards embracing the responsible business agenda such as the Business Pledge and the Living Wage - and we commend them.
However, we believe that it’s time for change. It’s time we all moved in the same direction and developed a plan for responsible business in Scotland, that is led by business, with government, for the benefit of all in Scotland. In doing so BITC Scotland is creating the circumstances and framework for the next decade of sustainable growth by enabling a new collaboration and we welcome you to join us.
Our MD, Jane Wood has worked closely with the Scottish Government and local governments. Jane currently sits on the Scottish Government’s Child Poverty Ministerial Advisory Group. Previous Scottish Government roles have included Chair of Essential Edinburgh, a BID Company, Member of the First Minister’s National Economic Forum, Member of the Ministerial 20:20 Climate Change Delivery Group and Jane was the co-chair of the Public and Business Engagement 2020 sub group.
Jane has also sat on the International Steering Group for Climate Justice Conference and Regeneration High Level Working Group.
We have also added considerable expertise of government through the appointment to the BITC Scotland Advisory Board of Sarah Davidson, Director General Communities of the Scottish Government. Along with our other valued, diverse and talented board members, Sarah will provide strategic guidance and support in achieving our objectives.