At the close of the 2000s, nearly 30 years since BITC emerged, we remained the leading charity focused on promoting business as a force for good.Back to Timeline
During the 2000s, The Prince of Wales had actively called upon business to step up and do more to protect the planet, to ensure their operations were sustainable in a more responsible – and low
carbon – way.
And BITC called for responsible business to be at the heart of all aspects of business operations, not just a preoccupation of one department.
We said there was no room for complacency, whilst much had been achieved there was still so much more to do in communities to tackle civil unrest, rising homelessness, unemployment and climate change.
At the close of the 2000s, nearly 30 years since BITC emerged we remained the leading charity focused on promoting business as a force for good.
But the issues faced by the pioneering secondees of the early 1980s remained and it was clear that community trust and cohesion was precious and needed constant nurturing.
The riots of 2011 illustrated how fragile it could be. In the early 2000s, David Varney laid out the ‘perfect storm’ of decreasing trust in business against rising expectations.
There was never a more urgent need for business to stand up and make a difference.
Business also had a great opportunity to be bold and begin to regain the trust of stakeholders, communities and customers by showcasing their positive impact on society and communicating more widely that business was a powerful force for good.
Business had the facts, stats and know-how after nearly two decades of measurement and benchmarking.