Blog & Opinion

by Charlotte Gibb 18 April 2016 - 8:00am

This year's Responsible Business Week is all about collaboration - because we believe that ideas for good get better when shared. That's why this week the Work Inclusion team are celebrating some of the champions of responsible employment working with Business in the Community. 

One of...

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by Jenny Baskerville 15 April 2016 - 3:25pm

For RBWeek, KPMG are sharing their experience of promoting social mobility across the company, including their journey to becoming one of the government’s Social Mobility champions and the opening of a flagship social mobility café, Spring Workshop.

Jenny Baskerville, Social Mobility...

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Nicola Ellen, Corporate Responsibility Consultant, Shoosmiths
by Nicola Ellen 11 April 2016 - 12:18pm

Nicola Ellen, Corporate Responsibility Consultant at Shoosmiths, explains why her company is helping charities understand what the drivers behind corporate charity partnerships and gives her top tips on building the most effective partnerships possible.

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by Theo Harrison 7 April 2016 - 11:15am

We caught up with Shankar Narayanan, Country Head, UK & Ireland, Tata Consultancy Services to hear about the organisations partnership with the British Council to develop digital skills for young people in the UK.

Can you explain the issues around digital skills gaps facing the UK that... Read more

Faye Goldman
by Faye Goldman 6 April 2016 - 5:08pm

As the National Living Wage comes into effect, Faye Goldman, Campaign Manager, Work Inclusion, draws on some of the expertise she recently shared with the Work and Pensions Select Committee to sum up what recent changes to welfare might mean to both low paid workers and their employers.


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A large piece of rock from a mine in DRC that may contain valuable minerals. Credit Sasha Lezhnev.
by Jessica Runicles 6 April 2016 - 11:59am

As legislation is being considered, and in the run up to a Conflict Minerals Roundtable event taking place during Responsible Business Week, Jessica Runicles of BITC's Advisory Team explores how tackling this issue now can help businesses respond to consumer pressure and win new markets.

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Life changing business
by Daniel Saunders 1 April 2016 - 12:01am

Business can transform young lives through work. Here we hear from three young people who've been helped by Land Securities and Esh Group.

“ I would like to thank Land Securities for making the impossible become possible...

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by amanda.skeldon 31 March 2016 - 4:57pm

James Lyon, Employee Volunteering Manager, Greater Manchester takes a look at how businesses can support schools in North West England to find innovative ways of tackling surface water drainage, and make long term savings in the process.

A wet weekend is nothing to write home about, but...

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by Samantha Di Talamo 30 March 2016 - 10:00am

Mike Clifton and Farhana Kauser joined Business in the Community in 2015 to manage the Ready for Work programme in Leeds and Bradford respectively. With one or two programmes under their belt now, Sam Di Talamo, Communications Manager at BITC, catches up with the pair to discuss the highs and...

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by Theo Harrison 24 March 2016 - 1:37pm


As we build up to Responsible Business Week 2016, we caught up with 3M and found out why last year's RBWeek event was unquantifiably successful, just how 3M like it.

Looking back on our involvement in Responsible Business Week (RBW) in 2015, we can’t quantify the benefit to 3M...

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Raksha Patni, Area Director West, Business in the Community
by Raksha Pattni 21 March 2016 - 2:49pm

Raksha Pattni, Area Director West, Business in the Community, reflects on the challenges facing young people in the south west and how business is beginning to provide solutions in the region.

Although schools Bristol have improved significantly in the past ten years and now...

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by Jon Hudson 17 March 2016 - 2:08pm

The Chancellor delivered his eighth budget yesterday; one to provide “long term solutions to long term problems, “placing the next generation first.” But, even as we look to the future, it is clear that we are still living in challenging economic times. UK GDP growth has been revised down as...

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by Grace Mehanna 15 March 2016 - 10:37am

This National Apprenticeship Week, Grace Mehanna, Campaign Director of BITC's Talent & Skills team, reflects on the potential value of the government's new Apprentice Levy.

From next year all businesses with a wage bill of over £3 million in the UK will have to pay a 0.5% levy to fund...

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Get to know Accenture's apprentices
by Theo Harrison 14 March 2016 - 8:00am

This National Apprenticeship Week we caught up with two apprentices from BITC member company Accenture to get their insights on how apprenticeships has offered them an alternative to mainstream education and employment.

Shaun Clark – Software Developer New Associate


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Tina Varns, Manager, Community, Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing, Waitrose
by Tina Varns 9 March 2016 - 2:12pm

Tina Varns, Manager, Community, Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing, Waitrose, explains why her company has been giving community groups and businesses a space to come together, and how yours can too.

Last May sixty Waitrose branches hosted Community Conversations, cross sector...

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Priscila Costa - Regional Coordinator Youth Career Initiative Latin America
by Priscila Costa 8 March 2016 - 2:45pm

This International Womens Day, Priscila Costa, Youth Career Initiative's Regional Coordinator for Latin America, gave us an insight into the challenges that women across the continent face and how YCI has empowered some of them through finding stable employment.

When I was invited to...

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Sahrawi refugees in Algeria (ECHO CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
by Rosie Oglesby 1 March 2016 - 1:36pm

In the last few weeks you may have heard about Tropical Cyclone Winston that struck Fiji, and the Taiwan Earthquake. But what about floods in Tanzania and Paraguay, an outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola, and an earthquake in Tajikistan?

Take part in our survey

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Carol Boston
by James Martin 29 February 2016 - 3:43pm

In the latest of our series of check-ins with Business Connectors across the country we speak to Carol Boston, the third Business Connector for Cambridge. Carol was seconded to Business in the Community from Lloyds Banking Group in summer 2015.

Tell us a bit about your background.


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Worker in the kitchen of Whitbread's Acorn Inn, Burgess Hill
by Jane Wood 29 February 2016 - 3:38pm

As Scottish Apprenticeship week kicks off, Jane Wood, Managing Director, Business in the Community Scotland takes a look at some of the key differences between apprenticeship policies and practice north and south of the border.

Because skills policy in the UK is devolved to a national...

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David Farmer Business Connector
by James Martin 25 February 2016 - 6:03pm

After 40 years of service at Halifax, branch manager David Farmer became Southampton's second Business Connector in January 2015. To mark the end of his year-long secondment from Lloyds Banking Group, David speaks about his work - which included helping to deliver a digital presence for multiple...

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