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Welcome to the Business in the Community NI Blog

Here, we share some of our stories and encourage you to contribute through comments. Please get in touch if you want to share your own experience of responsible business.

Business holds the key to responsible leadership and a positive future

25 Apr 2017 by Sam Davidson, Group Human Resources Director, Henderson Group

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This time last year, I observed that ‘we live in turbulent times, with great uncertainty around many aspects of our lives, whether they be political, economic or environmental’. One year on, there seems to be little evidence that our world is moving in a direction which will ease those concerns. Now, more than ever, businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, need to show leadership in ensuring that we plan for, and contribute to, a positive future. At the… Read more

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Is it just semantics? Making Business Sense of Corporate Social Responsibility

I recently attended a Circular Economy workshop, and when sitting around the table discussing the barriers to engaging in circular economy interventions, it became apparent that the answers were akin to those I hear from companies every day about why they don’t engage more in their CR campaigns. The key reasons include the following: Turning a profit is the main business priority Senior-level management doesn’t believe it deserves the time and budgetary commitment of other daily tasks CR/Sustainability/Environmental practitioners within… Read more

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Leadership & Trust – who writes the rules?

03 Apr 2017 by Kieran Harding, Managing Director, Business in the Community NI

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We are living in fascinating and hugely unpredictable times, where the majority of the global population now lacks belief that the overall system is working for them. In this climate, the rules have been challenged: people’s societal and economic concerns (including globalisation), the pace of innovation and eroding social values have turned into fears, spurring the rise of populist actions now playing out in several Western-style democracies. Business is far from exempt, with society’s concerns around the impact and pace… Read more

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Do older workers respond positively to ‘Active Ageing’?

10 Mar 2017 by Dr Matt Flynn, Director for the Centre of Research into the Older Workforce

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There has been a great deal of interest among employers in “Active ageing” Human Resource Management (HRM) policies and practices to support older workers in extending working lives.  Pension ages are rising for both men and women, and people are living longer and healthier lives. Further, an increasing number of older workers, especially those over sixty-five, are delaying retirement, often by making adjustments to work—like reducing working hours or shifting towards a mentoring role (in which they can be productive… Read more

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What does Responsible Leadership mean in 2017? Good question.

11 Jan 2017 by Lisa James, Marketing and Communications Executive, Business in the Community

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The arrival of the New Year often brings with it an appetite for change. Out with the old, and in with the new. It’s a time when many of us make New Year’s resolutions, promises to ourselves and to those around us, to make a change for good in the next 12 months. It’s a time to reflect on the year just passed, make goals, and plan ahead. Many of us will make personal resolutions, to improve our health, to… Read more

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