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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.

What does responsible business mean in an ‘exponential’ world?

28 Apr 2017 by By Peter Ramsey, Programme Manager, Business in the Community


At a recent event organised by Business in the Community, Mat Roberts from Interserve plc used the phrase ‘an exponential world’ to describe the many accelerating social, environmental and technological changes in the world today. Acceleration, or exponential growth, is something that humans are naturally very bad at processing; but, whether we recognise it or not, the current pace of technological development is radically changing the way that business is done. Some of these technologies include: Internet of Things: ‘things’… Read more

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Can responsibility really be measured?

27 Apr 2017 by Gillian McKee, Deputy Managing Director, Business in the Community

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Corporate responsibility (CR), despite being oft-compared with the axiomatic ‘motherhood and apple pie’, isn’t entirely universally lauded. The motivation behind it is often questioned by sceptics; it can be disregarded as PR fodder by cynics and managers who see it as a ‘soft’ part of the business can disregard it as unimportant and peripheral to business strategy. On the positive side for those of us fully invested in the belief that CR truly is good business, there is growing and… Read more

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Why access to employment is as important as access to the building

26 Apr 2017 by Maria Diffley, Business Development Executive, Business in the Community

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Every now and again I come across something that truly inspires me and makes me sit up and challenge myself, or challenge others. If you’re having a day where you think you need that inspiration, I suggest you take five minutes and watch this video. I had the pleasure of attending the launch of a series of videos on hidden rights produced by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission where I was challenged to think about the ways business could… Read more

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Business holds the key to responsible leadership and a positive future

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


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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