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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 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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Were you one of our 20,000 Volunteers?

13 Dec 2016 by Andy Nisbet, Employee Volunteering Executive, Business in the Community

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Last Monday (5 December) marked International Volunteering Day.  Established by the United Nations in 1985, it is an opportunity to celebrate the power of volunteering within communities and across organisations around the globe, as it’s estimated that there are approximately one billion community volunteers worldwide.  This year, it adopted the theme of ‘Global Applause – Give volunteers a hand’ (#GlobalApplause). With that in mind, I began to reflect on what has been achieved by Business in the Community (BITC) and… Read more

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Why are alcohol and the workplace the perfect mix?

24 Nov 2016 by Amy Kieran, Programme Manager, Business in the Community

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What do you think when you hear the words ‘alcohol’ or ‘drink’? What about when alcohol misuse is mentioned? Do your thoughts quickly turn to the stock image of an alcoholic – someone out of control, probably with no job, no prospects, family problems, or maybe homeless? Definitely someone very different from you. Business in the Community has partnered with Addiction NI over the last three years to deliver Drink, Work and Me, a Big Lottery-funded workplace initiative designed to… Read more

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From care to where? Business holds a lifeline

27 Oct 2016 by Emma Morrison, Education Manager, Business in the Community

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As a parent, when your child reaches 18 you hardly expect to wave goodbye, send them on their way and leave them to find their way through adulthood without any support, advice and guidance, so why is this case for many young people leaving the care system? Coming of age is a scary, exciting and challenging time for any individual, however, it could be argued that these young people, more than any one, need a helping hand to navigate the… Read more

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Race Equality Works for Northern Ireland

18 Oct 2016 by Dr Lucy Michael BCL MA PhD SFHEA, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies, Ulster University


Last December, Business in the Community in the UK published a major report on racial equality in UK workplaces. While this was an important piece of research, there were some obvious gaps in the Northern Ireland data. As an area of interest for me, I decided  – in partnership with Business in the Community Northern Ireland – to undertake additional research to explore the steps Northern Ireland’s employers are taking and the challenges they are facing in identifying and addressing… Read more

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