2016 Seeing is Believing Programme Outcomes

The Seeing is Believing reporting year runs from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. This year, we held 15 Seeing is Believing visits across the UK with more than 234 participating senior business leaders on a range of issues.

This is the 26th year of HRH, The Prince's Seeing is Believing programme. Since inception, the programme has engaged over 9,000 business leaders and continues to inspire them to take action in the communities and within their businesses.
Take a look at the programme’s long term impact.

We are grateful to all the visit leaders, business participants and community hosts for their support and engagement.

Our Seeing is Believing formula is simple. The personal passion of the leader, the ability to enlist and mobilise other like-minded leaders and the capabilities and talents within a business can create a powerful force for change. There is also a positive business case: doing the right thing for our communities builds a stronger business. Seeing is Believing gives us that rare opportunity to get out of our comfort zones and learn from experience. But learning from experience is not enough. The real prize lies in turning that experience into action. Our aim now is to use SIB to expand business engagement with some of the big social challenges fuelling inequality and social exclusion, and to exploit for the benefit of society, the capabilities of business in digital.

- Vivian Hunt,
Managing Partner, UK & Ireland, McKinsey and Chair of Seeing is Believing.


The visits focused on a range of issues outlined below. As a result of these visits, business leaders have demonstrated their commitment to responsible business by taking action on the social and environmental issues explored. For more information on the visit outcomes, take a look below.


Education

UBS, Principality Building Society, ASDA, Heathrow Community Fund and Manchester Airport Group (MAG) led Seeing is Believing visits across the UK looking at how businesses can support young people through long term collaborative partnerships with schools. To read more on each visit, click on the document link below.

PDF iconSIB education visits 2016


Employment

Hilton Worldwide, Jaguar Land Rover, Mitie and Linklaters led visits across the country, looking at how businesses can create meaningful and sustainable employment for people, thereby strengthening the society while future proofing their business. To read more on each visit, click on the document link below.

PDF iconSIB employment visits 2016


Enterprise

Santander and Leon Restaurants jointly led a Seeing is Believing visit to inspire entrepreneurs of small and medium sized organisations to adopt responsible business practices. To read more on the visit, click on the company names

PDF iconSIB enterprise visit 2016


Environment

Nestle UK led a Seeing is Believing visit to Nestlé and Northumbrian Water to understand the complexity of water use and risk, how to minimise the impact this will have on the environment and society. Supported by DEFRA, Adnams and Anglian Water jointly led a visit in East Anglia looking at how water stewardship can contribute to a thriving British countryside and a secure food future. To read more on each visit, click on the company names

PDF iconSIB environment visit 2016


Employees

EDF led a Seeing is Believing visit to engage businesses in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths sector on the importance of ethnic diversity in the workforce. To read more on the visit, click on the following link.

PDF iconSIB employees visit 2016


Exploratory

The following Seeing is Believing visits focused on exploring emerging issues. British Gas led a Seeing is Believing visit in Manchester to raise awareness and share best practice around providing practical help for customers living in vulnerable situations.  Fujitsu led a Seeing is Believing visit on scaling up responsible business practices and bringing to life the actions that can be taken by business leaders to bring about change. To read more on each visit, click on the following link.

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Are you interested in finding out more about our Seeing is Believing programme or would your company like to take part? then please contact the Programme Manager, Blessing Buraimoh.