Blog & Opinion

by Sue Adkins 18 July 2017 - 4:57pm

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (The Goals or SDGs), provide a comprehensive framework for action, that must be taken to end extreme poverty, inequality and address climate change by 2030. According to research delivering The Goals has the potential to unlock $12 trillion in business...

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by David Hoare 22 September 2017 - 12:42pm

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you always got – so we changed things.   South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) and Fire and Rescue Services across the UK have been historically white and male.  In 2017 they continue to be, with women representing less than... Read more

by Charlotte Gibb 13 September 2017 - 3:33pm

Like many people in their thirties, Jason was renting a house in Bristol and had made good friends with his housemates. But life took a turn for the worse when his landlord served them an eviction notice last minute, leaving Jason with nowhere to go. The 36 year old spent weeks sleeping on...

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by alexis.obrien 13 September 2017 - 2:43pm

Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice-President of Veolia UK & Ireland, shares innovative examples of sustainable innovation

Closed-loop thinking is becoming more central in business, as more and more corporate leaders start to recognise both the environmental and financial...

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by Charlotte Gibb 12 September 2017 - 11:20am

Liam Agg, Asset Care and CAGM  Manager, Carillion

Liam got involved in Ready for Work when he was approached by his manager about the opportunity.

“They said they were looking for volunteers for the programme and I always love to...

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by Anonymous 24 August 2017 - 11:13am

Louise Lee, Principal, Oasis Academy Shirley Park, explains why on GCSE results day businesses need to look beyond letters and numbers in order to give young people the greatest start in life

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by nora.koksal 27 July 2017 - 11:23am

The latest news, research and buzz on purpose-driven brands and customer trust from Business in the Community's Marketplace team.

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by Samantha Di Talamo 21 July 2017 - 9:33am

It’s hard to get your head around the sheer size and scale of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, London’s solution to sewage overflow into the river Thames. Once constructed, it will be 7.2 m in diameter and will span the length of 250 football pitches, running from Acton in the West to Greenwich in the...

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by Charlotte Gibb 15 July 2017 - 4:23pm

28-year-old Nathan has worked at Marks & Spencer HR Shared Services for all of his working life - an opportunity he wouldn't have found without the help of Business in the Community's partnership with Marks & Spencer. Now a long-established member of the M...

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by alexis.obrien 14 July 2017 - 10:37am

For We are Vista, being responsible isn’t an add on, it's incorporated into every job it delivers and every process it lives by


At the start of 2015, We are Vista set itself ambitious targets...

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by Anonymous 11 July 2017 - 10:17am


Clare Rudall (Head of Membership, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on a recent business breakfast, designed to bring together smaller companies in Wales and get them involved in responsible business.

It's not about what you do or how big you are – it is about the impact...

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by Anonymous 11 July 2017 - 10:08am

Clare Rudall (Head of Membership, Business in the Community Cymru) looks back at a past Members’ Forum event from June this year and considers the digital challenges facing companies in Wales.

140 characters on social media can move markets. A single teenager can access, albeit illegally...

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by alexis.obrien 10 July 2017 - 11:35am


The latest YouGov research reveals 52 per cent of regular takeaway hot drink consumers, those that buy at least four or more drinks a week, dispose of their cup at work. Underpinned by insight into consumer coffee cup disposal habits, Veolia, the UK’s leading resource management company...

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by David Hoare 5 July 2017 - 3:20pm

Following the Wales Responsible Business Awards Gala Dinner, Matt Appleby (Director, BITC Cymru), reflects on the current and future role of business in Wales.

Business in the Community (BITC) was founded in 1982 in response to a facture in society – the riots in Toxteth and Brixton were...

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Simon Branigan, Partner at Linklaters law firm
by Samantha Di Talamo 29 June 2017 - 12:14pm

The London Borough of Haringey has some of the highest unemployment figures in London. According to the Office for National statistics, Tottenham has more people claiming job seekers allowance than any other part of London. However, all that is set to change as the borough embarks upon an...

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Val Proctor, Former HR Director at the Go-Ahead Group
by Samantha Di Talamo 23 June 2017 - 9:00am

Ahead of Armed Forces Day, Former Group HR Director of The Go-Ahead Group, Val Proctor, shares her experiences of building a veteran employment programme. 

As an HR Director, much of my career has been focused on building a diverse and productive workforce that reflects the customer base...

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7 ways you can improve social mobility in your business
by Katy Neep 22 June 2017 - 2:50pm

This week the government published its first ever Social Mobility Employer Index to announce the top 50 UK employers who have taken the most action to improve social mobility within the workplace.

With many...

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by Anonymous 21 June 2017 - 10:34am

Dear Prime Minister,

We know there are many challenges for the next Parliament but we believe so much could be achieved for our nation and local communities if government works closely with business to create the policy environment that enables them to be the best they can possibly be at...

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by Matt Appleby 13 June 2017 - 10:28am

With significant changes in demographics impacting all kinds of companies and workplaces, Matt Appleby (Director, Business in the Community Cymru) reflects on the changing nature of work.

When we think about flexible working, we think of new parents returning to work or we think about...

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Power of positive shopping
by alexis.obrien 12 June 2017 - 10:40am

Jane Langley, Founder and Curator of on her campaign to connect makers, retailers and shoppers


Despite the fact that the UK is a global leader in the creative industries...

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