Publications

Publication: Annual Review 2016
January 2017
Annual Review 2016

We hope that you will be inspired as you explore the text and videos included in this Annual Review for 2016. Thank you for working with us in 2016, and we encourage you to do more as part of the responsible business network for the benefit of society in Northern Ireland in 2017.

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Publication: Engagement Calendar 2017
January 2017
Engagement Calendar 2017

What do we do? Business in the Community’s Workplace campaign challenges and supports employers to create inclusive workplaces that support people to enjoy long, healthy and active lives. Our two key areas of focus are wellbeing and inclusion.

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Publication: Response to the Programme for Government 2016 – 2021
December 2016
Response to the Programme for Government 2016 – 2021

Business in the Community Northern Ireland’s Response to the NI Programme for Government (PfG) – December 2016. This response details our views on the 14 Outcomes proposed in the PfG, what we feel works, what we believe is missing and how we can help.

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Publication: A vision towards 2020
December 2016
A vision towards 2020

Corporate Responsibility (CR) is advancing at an astonishing rate. More than ever, businesses are recognising CR is not about what you do with your profits, but how you make them in the first place; as a result, they’re taking a much more strategic approach to CR, with some even integrating responsible business practices into their core business models.

We have developed our next three year strategy. By 2020, we will be the leading network for responsible business, and the trusted voice of business on the responsible business agenda.

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Publication: Good Business: December 2016
December 2016
Good Business: December 2016

The latest edition of our quarterly online publication Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues. Each issue of Good Business focuses on a particular aspect of corporate responsibility.

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Publication: 2016 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey
November 2016
2016 Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey

The Survey has grown to become Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise, attracting organisations from over 14 industry sectors including participants from the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations such as health trusts, local authorities, education and library boards and universities.

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Publication: Good Business: October 2016
October 2016
Good Business: October 2016

The latest edition of our quarterly online publication Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues. Each issue of Good Business focuses on a particular aspect of corporate responsibility.

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Publication: Link & Learn series 2016
July 2016
Link & Learn series 2016

Throughout the year, Business in the Community runs a series of one-hour, bite-sized, topical learning sessions for your employees, delivered in your workplace by experts in areas of particular interest to your workforce.

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Publication: Rewarding Good Business 2016
June 2016
Rewarding Good Business 2016

The latest edition of our quarterly online publication Rewarding Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues. Each issue of Good Business focuses on a particular aspect of corporate responsibility, with an Awards theme in this June issue, showcasing our 2016 Responsible Business Awards winners.

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Publication: Good Business: March 2016
March 2016
Good Business: March 2016

Does a healthy workforce equal a healthy bottom line? Latest issue of Good Business

This edition has a People theme. It also features other current corporate responsibility news and issues, how our members have been demonstrating their good business, along with a range of thought leadership articles on topical issues.

Our next edition will be available in June – a special feature edition which will showcase our 2016 NI Responsible Business Award winners.

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Publication: NI Review of Responsible Business 2015
January 2016
NI Review of Responsible Business 2015

Take a moment to reflect on the best of business in Northern Ireland during the past year, just a snapshot of which is captured in this Annual Review.

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Publication: Place: Volunteer with us
January 2016
Place: Volunteer with us

The business case is clear for corporate volunteering; it’s now a major part of the corporate social responsibility mix, enabling companies to leverage their most valuable assets: their employees. By doing so, businesses are able to address some of the most significant problems facing our society, such as employability, education, and health & wellbeing, while meeting their business objectives. While tackling societal issues through volunteering, businesses also reap the benefits of developing their staff, inspiring their future workforce and connecting with their communities.

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Publication: Engagement Planner 2016
December 2015
Engagement Planner 2016

We have put together some useful dates in this interactive calendar to help you engage your workforce in the coming year.

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Publication: An Executive Summary
December 2015
An Executive Summary

This research has been undertaken as part of the Aiming Higher project, an employer engagement and mentoring programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund NI. The project, which has operated since January 2013, helps young people aged 16-21 who are in or leaving care move into education, training or employment, and is co-delivered by Business in the Community NI and Include Youth.

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Publication: Good Business – December 2015
December 2015
Good Business – December 2015

Introducing the latest edition of our quarterly online publication Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues.

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Publication: Good Business – September 2015
September 2015
Good Business – September 2015

Introducing the latest edition of our quarterly online publication Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues.

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Publication: The Gender Project
July 2015
The Gender Project

Be one of the first organisations to sign up for the Gender Project – a unique three year, business-led collaboration of up to twelve companies committed to improving gender balance at all levels of organisations. Becoming a member of the Gender Project offers businesses the opportunity to move gender balance from a diversity initiative to a core business priority. They will be motivated and supported by Business in the Community and project partners to create a range of policies, practices, tools and solutions to create a truly inclusive workplace.

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Publication: Rewarding Good Business 2015
June 2015
Rewarding Good Business 2015

Here’s a special issue of our quarterly online corporate responsibility magazine, renamed Rewarding Good Business for one issue only. This issue showcases the winners from our 2015 Responsible Business Awards which were presented at the Waterfront Hall on 4 June 2015.

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Publication: Responsible Business Week Toolkit
April 2015
Responsible Business Week Toolkit

Responsible Business Week is an awareness week brought to you by Business in the Community. The aim of the week is to champion the powerful role of business in creating a fairer society and more sustainable future. This pack contains five steps to help you to use the Week to engage your employees, suppliers, customers, media and local communities in a different side of your business story.

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Publication: Good Business: March 2015
March 2015
Good Business: March 2015

Introducing the latest edition of our quarterly online publication Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues.

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Publication: Annual Review 2014
March 2015
Annual Review 2014

Business in the Community’s Annual Review for 2014. It has been a momentous year in many respects, with membership and engagement growing steadily as more companies grasp the benefits and potential of embracing responsibility as the key to business success.

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Publication: Good Business – January 2015
January 2015
Good Business – January 2015
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Publication: CRux Sustainable Living – it all starts with the place
January 2015
CRux Sustainable Living – it all starts with the place

Thought leadership article from Aran Blackbourne, Managing Director, Karl Group about Sustainable Living – it all starts with the place.

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Publication: Good Business – October 2014
October 2014
Good Business – October 2014

Introducing the latest edition of our new quarterly online publication called Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues.

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Publication: Whatever your character, whatever your skills . . .
October 2014
Whatever your character, whatever your skills . . .

Whatever your character, whatever your skills. . .

. . . we’ll find the right job for you.

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Publication: The 16th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey
October 2014
The 16th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey

The ARENA Survey is Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise. This year almost 400 organisations from 14 different sectors were invited to take part. This included the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations such as health trusts, local authorities, education and library boards and universities.

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Publication: Citywide Employers’ Forum Newsletter – July 2014
July 2014
Citywide Employers’ Forum Newsletter – July 2014
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Publication: Retail Sector Workshop Report
June 2014
Retail Sector Workshop Report
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Publication: Quarry Sector Workshop Report
June 2014
Quarry Sector Workshop Report
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Publication: Construction Sector Workshop Report
June 2014
Construction Sector Workshop Report
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Publication: Agri-Food Sector Report
June 2014
Agri-Food Sector Report
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Publication: Rewarding Good Business: NI Impact Awards Edition
June 2014
Rewarding Good Business: NI Impact Awards Edition

The latest edition of our new quarterly online publication called Rewarding Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues. Each issue of Good Business focuses on a particular aspect of corporate responsibility, with an Awards theme in this June issue, showcasing our 2014 NI Impact Award winners.

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Publication: Mental Health: We’re Ready to Talk
April 2014
Mental Health: We’re Ready to Talk

BITC Workwell’s new Mental Health Champions Group – which authors this report – has been founded through a desire from leading businesses to end the hugely damaging culture of silence around mental health and to develop positive steps that every business can take to improve public dialogue around the issue.

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Publication: ProHelp newsletter: February 2014
January 2014
ProHelp newsletter: February 2014

ProHelp is committed to ensuring that the time and expertise given for free (pro-bono) by professional firms is used efficiently and effectively to maximise the positive impact on local communities in need.

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Publication: Annual Review 2013
January 2014
Annual Review 2013

Business in the Community’s Annual Review for 2013. It has been a momentous year in many respects, with membership and engagement growing steadily as more companies grasp the benefits and potential of embracing responsibility as the key to business success.
The publication also includes a 25 year retrospective to mark our 25th Anniversary in 2014.

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Publication: Workplace 20:20 Engagement Planner 2014
December 2013
Workplace 20:20 Engagement Planner 2014

The planner highlights key dates in 2014 that you can use to encourage your employees to get involved, to add meaning to an ‘in-house’ event by linking it to a national health campaign or to link in with one of our Workplace 20:20 events or Cares volunteering challenge days. This year we have used each month to profile some of the great work being undertaken by our members.

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Publication: Good Business – December 2013
December 2013
Good Business – December 2013

Introducing the latest edition of our quarterly online publication called Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues.

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Publication: Northern Ireland Impact Awards 2014
December 2013
Northern Ireland Impact Awards 2014

Our Responsible Business Awards are the UK’s longest-running and most respected corporate responsibility awards. They shine a spotlight on businesses across all sectors that are transforming their business by integrating responsible business practices, while transforming the communities in which they operate, creating positive impacts for us all. These awards are open to businesses of all sizes across the UK.

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Publication: The Big Picture
November 2013
The Big Picture

What do we do? We support and challenge businesses to be responsible in all their business decisions and to impact positively on their people, the planet and the places where they operate.

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Publication: BITCNI Strategy 2013: Just Good Business
November 2013
BITCNI Strategy 2013: Just Good Business

This document provides just a summary and highlights of the key themes in the detailed strategic plan.

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Publication: Volunteer with us: 2014 Calendar
November 2013
Volunteer with us: 2014 Calendar

Volunteering is a winning formula for employers, employees and the community. Giving back brings about life-changing results for those you help, but it also brings many business benefits – increased loyalty, improved reputation and skills development. Our team will work with you to determine how volunteering can best meet your priorities.

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Publication: ProHelp toolkit
November 2013
ProHelp toolkit

This is an interactive best practice guide to help third sector organisations grow.

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Publication: The 15th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey
October 2013
The 15th Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey
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Publication: ProHelp Newsletter: October 2013
October 2013
ProHelp Newsletter: October 2013

ProHelp is committed to ensuring that the time and expertise given for free (pro-bono) by professional firms is used efficiently and effectively to maximise the positive impact on local communities in need.

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September 2013
Connections Plus: events calendar for SMEs

Below are some of our forthcoming FREE events for SMEs. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Publication: Good Business – September 2013
September 2013
Good Business – September 2013

Introducing our new quarterly online publication called Good Business, covering current corporate responsibility news and issues, profiling our members in Northern Ireland and providing thought leadership pieces from leading opinion formers on topical issues.

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Publication: ProHelp Newsletter: September 2013
September 2013
ProHelp Newsletter: September 2013

ProHelp is committed to ensuring that the time and expertise given for free (pro-bono) by professional firms is used efficiently and effectively to maximise the positive impact on local communities in need.

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Publication: Added values: The importance of ethical leadership
August 2013
Added values: The importance of ethical leadership

This research explores the role organisational values and the ethical dilemmas faced by leaders and managers, and offers recommendations on how to build, embed and display values effectively.

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Publication: 2013/’14 Sponsorship Opportunities
August 2013
2013/’14 Sponsorship Opportunities

Business in the Community offers a wide range of opportunities for members to engage through sponsorship of programmes, events or publications.

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Publication: Citywide Employers’ Forum Newsletter June 2013
July 2013
Citywide Employers’ Forum Newsletter June 2013

The Forum, sponsored by Bombardier Aerospace and Lagan Construction Group, has worked alongside community employability agencies to develop interventions which have helped people who are out of work to develop new skills and assist them find and retain sustained employment. At the launch, additional support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Belfast City Council was welcomed by the CWEF.

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Publication: Northern Ireland Impact Awards 2013 Case Studies
June 2013
Northern Ireland Impact Awards 2013 Case Studies

This case study booklet contains the best examples of corporate responsibility in Northern Ireland.

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Publication: Workplace Excellence: We need to talk – mental health in the workplace
May 2013
Workplace Excellence: We need to talk – mental health in the workplace

Stand up to stigma, lets talk about mental health. Presentation from the Workplace Excellence event held on 16 May 2013.

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Publication: Citywide Employers’ Forum
May 2013
Citywide Employers’ Forum

Business in the Community’s Citywide Employers’ Forum is targeted at helping unemployed people in some of the most deprived areas of Belfast. The Forum develops employability interventions designed to help those furthest removed from the job market find work and start changing their lives for good.

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Publication: Engage to Innovate
April 2013
Engage to Innovate

Why engaging employees increases creativity, innovation and business sustainability. This publication is one in a series of publications produced by Business in the Community in conjunction with leading member organisations. Each publication focuses on a particular topic across one of three core impact areas – People, Planet or Place. They are designed to provide insight, highlight research and to provoke thought on each subject.

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Publication: ProHelp newsletter – March edition
March 2013
ProHelp newsletter – March edition

This newsletter is a call for action to ProHelp member firms and businesses. ProHelp is committed to ensuring that the time and expertise given for free (pro-bono) by professional firms is used efficiently and effectively to maximise the positive impact on local communities in need.

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Publication: Do you have a best friend at work?
February 2013
Do you have a best friend at work?

Workplace Excellence – How social networks can improve engagement and innovation.

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Publication: The CRux of the matter…Biodiversity
February 2013
The CRux of the matter…Biodiversity

What does Biodiversity mean to your business? It could make the difference between surviving and thriving. Understanding the relationship between business activity and the natural world is essential to the preservation of resources, landscapes and species.

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Publication: Fairtrade – A guide for your business
January 2013
Fairtrade – A guide for your business

There is a growing recognition that integrating responsibility into business is not just the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do, with a wealth of business benefits provided through working responsibly.

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Publication: Tackling Employability
January 2013
Tackling Employability

Some groups of people have more difficulty than others in finding sustained employment. Lone-parents, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities, female returners, those with few qualifications and young people not in education/employment/training are just some examples.

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Publication: Northern Ireland Annual Review 2012
January 2013
Northern Ireland Annual Review 2012

In 2013 we will begin consultations on our next three year strategy, which will be launched before the end of the year. It will focus on the issues facing society, the economy and the environment, on which business can have a key influence.

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Publication: Cares Calendar 2013
January 2013
Cares Calendar 2013

The Cares team has vast experience in designing, developing and managing a wide range of successful volunteering initiatives across Northern Ireland. It facilitates business teams ranging from 10 to 510 volunteers!

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Publication: Workplace 20:20 Engagement Planner 2013
January 2013
Workplace 20:20 Engagement Planner 2013

The engagement planner will support you in your quest to develop a more engaged workforce.  It highlights key dates in 2013 that you can use to encourage your employees to get involved, to add meaning to an ‘in-house’ event by linking it a national health campaign or to link in with one of our Workplace 20:20 good practice sharing events or volunteering challenge days.

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Publication: Engaged Employees: Positively impacting your business
December 2012
Engaged Employees: Positively impacting your business

Need to engage with your employees and make a positive impact on your business? Workplace 20:20 is a business-led campaign that focuses employers on the challenges that the future holds for business ‘glocally’.

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Publication: Healthy Lunch breaks
December 2012
Healthy Lunch breaks

What difference can a lunch break make? In today’s busy world, our lifestyles have changed to the point where we seek convenience in everything we do in order to help us cope with life’s hustle and bustle.

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Publication: The Northern Ireland 14th Environmental Benchmarking Survey
November 2012
The Northern Ireland 14th Environmental Benchmarking Survey

The Survey is Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise. Every year 250 organisations from 15 different sectors are invited to take part, including the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations.

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Publication: Environmental Improvement Plan Template & Guidance
November 2012
Environmental Improvement Plan Template & Guidance

A Plan to improve the organisation’s environmental management and performance shall be produced from information obtained through the Environmental Review and in line with commitments made in the Environmental Policy.

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Publication: Marketplace responsibility in Northern Ireland
October 2012
Marketplace responsibility in Northern Ireland

At the heart of any responsible business lies the commercial decisions it takes in relation to its products or services and its supply chain. If those decisions are not taken with full respect for customers and suppliers and with an understanding of the responsibility the company has towards these stakeholders, it cannot truly be said to be a responsible business.

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Publication: CR Matters – Autumn 2012
October 2012
CR Matters – Autumn 2012

Welcome to the Autumn 2012 edition of our regular CR Matters magazine, which profiles prominent issues in corporate responsibility and highlight examples of best practice in Northern Ireland.

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Publication: Environmental Policy Template & Guidance
October 2012
Environmental Policy Template & Guidance

Environmental Policy Template & Guidance

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Publication: Environmental Legislation and Regulations
September 2012
Environmental Legislation and Regulations

This document describes the general legislation and regulation applicable to your organisation.  Please complete the section which shows the existence of permits and authorisations that are specific to your organisation. Note: this is not a Register of Legislation and will require regular updates.

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Publication: Corporate Responsibility Report 2012: Practising what we preach
September 2012
Corporate Responsibility Report 2012: Practising what we preach

This is Business in the Community’s first annual Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report and it marks an important milestone in our own development. Because corporate responsibility is our bread and butter, what we work on and talk to companies about every day, it can be easy to forget that we are an employer with responsibilities towards our own people, planet and place and that reporting on our progress is as relevant and important for us as it is for our members.

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Publication: The Learning Network – Series 7
September 2012
The Learning Network – Series 7

Business in the Community has pleasure in inviting you to participate in the forthcoming Learning Network, a series of facilitated peer learning sessions focussing on engagement and wellbeing, commencing on Tuesday 24 September 2013.

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Publication: Celebrating Connections: Small Business Support Programme 2009 – 2012
September 2012
Celebrating Connections: Small Business Support Programme 2009 – 2012

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) form the backbone of the Northern Ireland economy, which has the highest percentage of small firms for any region in the UK. With 99% of businesses classified as SMEs and of these, some 95% being micro-businesses employing 10 people or fewer, the contribution of small business to the NI economy is significant.

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Publication: Social clauses – community benefit at the expense of business?
June 2012
Social clauses – community benefit at the expense of business?

Social clauses are set to become a standard feature in public procurement contracts, particularly for the construction sector, but what are they and do they really work?

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Publication: WASTE MANAGEMENT THE DUTY OF CARE A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND
June 2012
WASTE MANAGEMENT THE DUTY OF CARE A CODE OF PRACTICE FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

Everyone produces waste. This waste can pose a risk to the environment and human health if it is not managed properly and recovered or disposed of safely. Article 5 of the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997 imposes a duty of care on anyone who handles controlled waste.

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Publication: Charity of the Year Toolkit
June 2012
Charity of the Year Toolkit

Business in the Community recommends its member companies to nominate a Charity of the Year and focus its efforts on raising funds for that charity, building a rapport with a specific charity and giving employees a clear focus for their efforts.

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Publication: Charity of the Year Charity Profiles
June 2012
Charity of the Year Charity Profiles

Charity of the Year partnerships are a really fun way of raising money – they enable you to develop a link with the charity so employees can learn more about their work, which in turn encourages their fundraising efforts. Employee fundraising is also a fantastic way of encouraging staff to work together and is great for staff morale.

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Publication: Awards 2012 Case Studies
May 2012
Awards 2012 Case Studies

This case study booklet contains the best examples of corporate responsibility in Northern Ireland. The examples shown have been drawn from Business in the Community’s Awards processes, both regional and national.

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Publication: CR Matters – Spring 2012
April 2012
CR Matters – Spring 2012

Welcome to the Spring 2012 edition of our regular CR Matters magazine, which profiles prominent issues in corporate responsibility and highlight examples of best practice in Northern Ireland.

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Publication: Valuing Natural Capital
March 2012
Valuing Natural Capital

Natural capital is “an economic metaphor for the limited stocks of physical and biological resources found on Earth, and the limited capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services (i.e. the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing”1.

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Publication: Upskilling towards a sustainable future
March 2012
Upskilling towards a sustainable future

We all aspire to a future which is positive, enriching, healthy and prosperous – not just for ourselves but for generations to come. Our instincts and the available evidence suggest that, in order to achieve this, we need to strike the right balance between what we take out of our planet’s “life support system” and what we put back.

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Publication: Payroll Giving – a guide for employers
January 2012
Payroll Giving – a guide for employers

Payroll Giving is one of the simplest ways for a business to demonstrate commitment to corporate responsibility. It is a great way to show staff that you are a responsible employer while helping charities gain much needed funds as they improve society.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: good practice – Working on previously developed land
November 2011
Toolbox talks: good practice – Working on previously developed land

Land that has previously been built on or used by industrial processes (“brownfield land”) or that has in the past had imported material placed upon it (“made ground”) may be contaminated with substances that are harmful to humans, wildlife and/or the surrounding environment.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: waste – Waste hierarchy
November 2011
Toolbox talks: waste – Waste hierarchy

Construction generates a very large amount of waste annually with a sizeable proportion of material simply thrown away without being used.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Washing down plant and machinery
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Washing down plant and machinery

Washing down plant and machinery, hosing down concrete truck mixers or degreasing engines can all lead to serious pollution incidents if it is not properly carried out.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: waste – Storage of waste
November 2011
Toolbox talks: waste – Storage of waste

Allowing waste to escape into the environment not only causes nuisance to neighbours and generates a poor public image, it is illegal.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Spill control
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Spill control

Accidental releases of oils and chemicals from construction sites make up a large number of pollution incidents that occur each year.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Silt
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Silt

Silt is the term used for very fine particles of soil.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: waste – Segregation of waste
November 2011
Toolbox talks: waste – Segregation of waste

Segregating wastes into hazardous, non-hazardous and inert for disposal can help minimise costs and maximise the opportunities for recovery and recycling of wastes.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Pumping and overpumping
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Pumping and overpumping

…Excavations often require dewatering (ie the pumping out of any rainwater or groundwater)

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Publication: Toolbox talks: nuisance – Noise and vibration
November 2011
Toolbox talks: nuisance – Noise and vibration

…The construction industry is one of the leading sources of noise complaints made to local authorities.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: good practice – Material handling and housekeeping
November 2011
Toolbox talks: good practice – Material handling and housekeeping

Poor storage and handling of materials creates unnecessary waste, is a loss of resource and is very costly.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Fuel and oil
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Fuel and oil

Poor storage, lack of care during refuelling, vandalism and poorly maintained plant can all result in a spillage of fuel or oil.

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Publication: Environmental Good Practice Guide for Archaeological Excavations
November 2011
Environmental Good Practice Guide for Archaeological Excavations

This Guidance is designed for use by staff in the Built Heritage Directorate, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and by staff sub contracted by NIEA to carry out archaeological excavations.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: good practice – Energy/fuel efficiency
November 2011
Toolbox talks: good practice – Energy/fuel efficiency

Many tonnes of emissions are produced each year through the inefficient use of energy and fuel.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: nuisance – Dust and air quality
November 2011
Toolbox talks: nuisance – Dust and air quality

…Dust, odours and other emissions can annoy neighbours and may cause health risks at very high concentrations.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: waste – Control of road sweeper arisings
November 2011
Toolbox talks: waste – Control of road sweeper arisings

Potentially harmful materials that are created as a result of on site activity that can be deposited and then transported around and off the site by plant and other site vehicles.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Cement and concrete
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Cement and concrete

Cement and concrete are probably the most common materials used in construction.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Bentonite
November 2011
Toolbox talks: pollution prevention – Bentonite

Bentonite is a type of clay that swells and gels when dispersed in water.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: nuisance – Be a good neighbour
November 2011
Toolbox talks: nuisance – Be a good neighbour

Being a good neighbour means to act with consideration for all those who live and work in the area surrounding the construction site to minimise their inconvenience.

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Publication: Toolbox talks: good practice – Archaeology
November 2011
Toolbox talks: good practice – Archaeology

Archaeology is the scientific study of human history and prehistory through the excavation of sites and the analysis of physical remains.

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Publication: The CRux of the matter…
November 2011
The CRux of the matter…

With climate change talks (COP17*) commencing in Durban this week (28 November), many wonder if this event will deliver anything more robust than the ineffective Copenhagen talks (COP15*) of 2009.

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Publication: The CRux of the matter…
November 2011
The CRux of the matter…

According to the World Health Organisation, research shows that having a job makes life rewarding and gives one a sense of purpose and value. Providing an attractive and motivating work environment should be a key driver for business.

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Publication: The Northern Ireland 13th Environmental Benchmarking Survey
November 2011
The Northern Ireland 13th Environmental Benchmarking Survey

Each year, 250 leading organisations in Northern Ireland are invited to take part in the Northern Ireland Environmental Benchmarking Survey. Unique to the region and now in its 13th year, the Survey is a key driver for environmental management and improvement and is seen as a positive influencer to help organisations achieve a more sustainable way of doing business.

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Publication: It’s not just about fruit…
November 2011
It’s not just about fruit…

An employer’s guide to achieving corporate wellbeing.

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Publication: Sodexo: The Better Tomorrow Plan Corporate Citizenship Report 2011
November 2011
Sodexo: The Better Tomorrow Plan Corporate Citizenship Report 2011

Welcome to Sodexo’s sixth annual corporate citizenship report which seeks to illustrate how they manage the economic, social and environmental impacts of most relevance to their business and stakeholders, and outline objectives and actions in relation to their customers, clients, employees, suppliers, the environment and the communities in which they operate.

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Publication: HOW WE MANAGE CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY IN GRAHAM
November 2011
HOW WE MANAGE CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY IN GRAHAM

At GRAHAM they realise that their success as a business depends not just upon the ongoing successful delivery of profitable projects, but also on their ability to honour their wider contribution to society as a whole.

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Publication: Translink: Group Corporate Responsibility Strategy 2011/12 – 2015/16
June 2011
Translink: Group Corporate Responsibility Strategy 2011/12 – 2015/16

Translink touches upon the lives of the majority of people in Northern Ireland. It is a major Northern Ireland employer with around 4000 people. It is a major land owner and is unique in that part of its land holdings includes a ‘green pathway or ribbon’ the length of the country (the rail network).

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Publication: Make biodiversity your business
May 2011
Make biodiversity your business

Why is biodiversity relevant to your business? Biodiversity plays an essential role in keeping our planet and people healthy. It makes a significant contribution to our social and economic well being. The links between business and biodiversity may not be immediately obvious but there are some very positive connections to consider.

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Publication: Best Practice Case Studies for Employing Migrant Workers
March 2011
Best Practice Case Studies for Employing Migrant Workers

Business in the Community has developed a Charter for Employing Migrant Workers in Northern Ireland that provides a way for businesses to visibly show their commitment to workplace inclusion to both their employees and the wider community

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Publication: Best Practice Case Studies for Healthy Companies in Northern Ireland
February 2011
Best Practice Case Studies for Healthy Companies in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland employers are increasingly recognising employee health and wellbeing as a strategic priority, particularly during challenging economic times.

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Publication: Take action on water: risks and business opportunities
January 2011
Take action on water: risks and business opportunities

On current economic and population growth trajectories, by 2030 global water supplies will satisfy only 60 percent of demand.i In the UK, the south-east of England already has less water available per person than Sudan and Syriaii.

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Publication: Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report 2011/2012
January 2011
Coca-Cola Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report 2011/2012

This is Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE’s) seventh annual Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report.

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Publication: Bombardier 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report
January 2011
Bombardier 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

This report focuses on Bombardier’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) performance at all of itsfacilities worldwide. This includes joint ventures where they have operational control.

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Publication: Sample CR Policy
January 2011
Sample CR Policy

ABC Inc. Corporate Social Responsibility (CR) Policy

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Publication: Take action on climate change and prepare for a low carbon economy
December 2010
Take action on climate change and prepare for a low carbon economy

The economy and climate change remain two of the UK’s greatest challenges in 2010. The Coalition Government’s overall objectives continue to prioritise spending that promotes long term economic growth, and building a low carbon economy. The Comprehensive Spending Review reflects these priorities and commits to investments towards a low carbon future.

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Publication: The Northern Ireland 12th Environmental Benchmarking Survey
November 2010
The Northern Ireland 12th Environmental Benchmarking Survey

The Survey is Northern Ireland’s leading environmental benchmarking exercise. Each Year 250 organisations from 15 different sectors are invited to take part, including the top 200 companies and leading public sector organisations.

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Publication: Business Case Guide for…
November 2010
Business Case Guide for…

This guide helps companies understand their relationship to the natural world and how they can integrate business activity with the essential preservation of natural resources, landscapes and species. It illustrates by example how companies have successfully combined business performance with the conservation of biodiversity and the maintenance of essential ecosystem services, and points to current reference sources and guidance.

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Publication: Business in the Community stands for responsible business…
November 2010
Business in the Community stands for responsible business…

Business in the Community is a membership organisation which helps  companies to meet their responsibilities towards society. In Northern Ireland, over 250 companies work with us to develop good practice in their marketplace and to demonstrate responsibility towards their people, the planet and the places where they operate.

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Publication: Strategic Plan towards 2014
October 2010
Strategic Plan towards 2014

Business in the Community’s last three year strategy was published a year before the global economic downturn, which resulted in recession for economies across the globe. One could be forgiven for expecting that when the full force of the downturn hit, corporate responsibility (CR) would be one of the casualties, as companies were faced with difficult decisions in order to simply stay afloat.

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Publication: Time to Read – A Ten Year Review
September 2010
Time to Read – A Ten Year Review

According to the National Literacy Trust (2009), across the United Kingdom, one person in six has difficulty with reading and writing. There is a growing body of evidence illustrating the specific and negative consequences of illiteracy for individuals, society and the economy.

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Publication: Time to Read Executive Summary
September 2010
Time to Read Executive Summary

This report presents the findings of a randomised controlled trial evaluation of the Time to Read volunteer mentoring programme run by Business in the Community.

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Publication: PPG8: Safe Storage and disposal of used oils
August 2010
PPG8: Safe Storage and disposal of used oils

These guidelines are intended to help everyone that handles used oils – from people carrying out a single engine oil change to large industrial users.

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Publication: PPG7: Refuelling Facilities
August 2010
PPG7: Refuelling Facilities

These guidelines are intended to help you reduce the risk of pollution occurring from your site by giving guidance about the design, construction, modification, management and operation of liquid fuel refuelling facilities of all sizes in
retail and non-retail locations.

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Publication: PPG6: Working at construction and demolition sites
August 2010
PPG6: Working at construction and demolition sites

This document provides practical advice and guidance to help you prevent pollution. There are several hundred pollution incidents from construction and demolition sites every year that damage the environment, yet most can easily be prevented. Managing your activities properly on site will protect the environment, wildlife and human health.

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Publication: PPG5: Works and maintenance in or near water
August 2010
PPG5: Works and maintenance in or near water

These guidelines are produced jointly by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, referred to here as we or us.

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Publication: PPG4: Treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available
August 2010
PPG4: Treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available

These guidelines are jointly produced by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland (referred to here as ‘we’ or ‘us’).

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Publication: PPG 3: Use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems
August 2010
PPG 3: Use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems

These guidelines will help you decide if you need an oil separator at your site and, if so, what size and type of separator is appropriate.

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Publication: PPG2: Pollution Prevention Guideline Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks
August 2010
PPG2: Pollution Prevention Guideline Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks

These guidelines are produced by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (referred to as we or us).

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Publication: PPG1: GENERAL GUIDE TO THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION
August 2010
PPG1: GENERAL GUIDE TO THE PREVENTION OF POLLUTION

Businesses and individuals are responsible for complying with environmental regulations and for preventing pollution of air, land and water. Many thousands of pollution incidents occur each year, originating from factories, farms, transport activities and even homes.

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Publication: PPG27: INSTALLATION, DECOMMISSIONING AND REMOVAL OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS
August 2010
PPG27: INSTALLATION, DECOMMISSIONING AND REMOVAL OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS

These guidelines are intended to help those who plan or undertake the installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanks and their associated pipework.

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Publication: PPG 26: storage & handling of drums & intermediate bulk containers
August 2010
PPG 26: storage & handling of drums & intermediate bulk containers

These notes are intended to assist all who deal with the storage and handling of drums and Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs). The guidelines are basic requirements to protect the environment.

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Publication: PPG24: STABLES, KENNELS AND CATTERIES
August 2010
PPG24: STABLES, KENNELS AND CATTERIES

These guidelines are intended to assist those involved in the management and operation of stables, kennels and catteries.

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Publication: PPG 21: Incident Response Planning
August 2010
PPG 21: Incident Response Planning

These guidelines are produced jointly by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), referred to here as ‘we’ or ‘us’.

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Publication: PPG20: DEWATERING OF UNDERGROUND DUCTS AND CHAMBERS
August 2010
PPG20: DEWATERING OF UNDERGROUND DUCTS AND CHAMBERS

These notes are for guidance only and aim to assist those engaged in the dewatering of underground ducts and inspection chambers. They have been produced by the Environment Agency in England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland, referred to jointly as the Agency or Agencies.

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Publication: PPG19: GARAGES AND VEHICLE SERVICE CENTRES
August 2010
PPG19: GARAGES AND VEHICLE SERVICE CENTRES

These notes are intended to assist all who are involved in the management and maintenance of garages and similar vehicle servicing operations. Compliance with these guidelines should minimise the risk of pollution occurring.

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Publication: PPG18: MANAGING FIRE WATER AND MAJOR SPILLAGES
August 2010
PPG18: MANAGING FIRE WATER AND MAJOR SPILLAGES

These guidance notes have been drawn up to assist in the identification of the equipment and techniques available to prevent and mitigate damage to the water environment caused by fires and major spillages.

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Publication: PPG17: DAIRIES AND OTHER MILK HANDLING OPERATIONS
August 2010
PPG17: DAIRIES AND OTHER MILK HANDLING OPERATIONS

These guidelines have been drawn up to assist all who design and operate dairies and other milk and milk product handling operations in the avoidance of water pollution and the minimisation of waste.

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Publication: PPG14: Marinas and Craft
August 2010
PPG14: Marinas and Craft

These guidelines provide general guidance to all who enjoy the use of waterways, estuaries and coastal waters, and are particularly relevant to users of powered boats and operators of boating support facilities.

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Publication: PPG13: Vehicle washing and cleaning
August 2010
PPG13: Vehicle washing and cleaning

These guidelines are jointly produced by the Environment Agency for England and Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, and the Environment and Heritage Service for Northern Ireland (referred to here as ‘we’ or ‘us’).

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Publication: PPG10: POLLUTION PREVENTION GUIDELINES HIGHWAY DEPOTS
August 2010
PPG10: POLLUTION PREVENTION GUIDELINES HIGHWAY DEPOTS

These notes are for guidance only and are produced by the Environment Agency for England & Wales, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Environment and Heritage Service in Northern Ireland, referred to jointly as the  Agency or Agencies.

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Publication: LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY
July 2010
LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY

Developing the leadership skills we need for the transition to a sustainable economy is both urgent and critical to our future economic success – as well as to our social and environmental well-being.

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Publication: The Big Picture
June 2010
The Big Picture

We work to inspire, engage, support and challenge businesses to act responsibly within their marketplace and to have a positive impact on their people, our planet and the place where they operate. We provide advice, support and opportunities for engagement under three key themes.

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Publication: May Day Carbon UK
May 2010
May Day Carbon UK

Business in the Community commissioned this research to find out how prepared the UK’s businesses really are for climate change, and for the impending regulations that the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) legislation will bring to bear.

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Publication: NI Assembly Sustainable Development Policy Statement
April 2010
NI Assembly Sustainable Development Policy Statement

Sustainable Development Policy Statement

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Publication: NI Assembly Commission Sustainable Development Strategy April 2010
April 2010
NI Assembly Commission Sustainable Development Strategy April 2010

NI Assembly Commission Sustainable Development Strategy April 2010

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Publication: Monitoring Matrix (electricity, heating, waste disposal etc)
March 2010
Monitoring Matrix (electricity, heating, waste disposal etc)

Monitoring Matrix (electricity, heating, waste disposal etc)

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Publication: Mitigation, adaptation and resilience – linking business messages on climate change
March 2010
Mitigation, adaptation and resilience – linking business messages on climate change

The aim of this pilot project was to investigate ways of linking climate change adaptation with resource efficiency and business continuity advice that exists in the current marketplace.

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Publication: TEN WAYS FOR BUSINESSES TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE
January 2010
TEN WAYS FOR BUSINESSES TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is the great challenge facing modern society and we all, as individuals, employees, employers or leaders in society, have our part to play. The good news is that the steps needed to positively address climate change will ultimately benefit the planet, our businesses, our society and ourselves.

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Publication: Moy Park Ltd Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2010
January 2010
Moy Park Ltd Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2010
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Publication: Bombardier CSR Overview 2010
January 2010
Bombardier CSR Overview 2010

Bombardier CSR Overview 2010

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Publication: Planning for Pandemic
October 2009
Planning for Pandemic

A pandemic is an epidemic that is geographically widespread and occurs throughout a region, or even across the world. It happens when a new strain of virus infects people who have little or no immunity to the illness and it spreads easily from person to person.

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Publication: Climate change: It’s never been more important
May 2009
Climate change: It’s never been more important

The economy and climate change are the UK’s two greatest challenges for 2009. The UK economy is now officially in recessioni, and it is predicted it will stay so until at reduction in output, job losses, and in severe circumstances, the closure of businesses.

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Publication: Hazardous Waste Summary
January 2005
Hazardous Waste Summary

This leaflet is about controls on Hazardous Waste, those wastes which cause greatest environmental damage or are dangerous to human life.

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Publication: Northern Limits
August 2004
Northern Limits

a resource flow analysis and ecological footprint for Northern Ireland

This project combines a hard copy Results Report with detailed data and methodology appendices contained on a separate CD. We have chosen this format to minimise the environmental impacts of the Report’s production, while maintaining the rigour and transparency which has been a central tenet of the Northern Limits Project.

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