Northern Ireland companies encouraged to futureproof their businesses

Business in the Community, the responsible business network, has launched its 2018 Responsible Business Summit, which will take place at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on Wednesday 10 October.

‘Future proof your business’ will feature a range of expert speakers and thinkers from the worlds of business, academia and the third sector. Aimed at a business audience, the Summit will investigate evolving business models and sustainability issues that will affect how we do business in the future.
Ulster Bank is the key sponsor of this bi-annual event, along with media partner the Irish News and ASDA, BT and Diageo.

Business in the Community is also partnering with the NI Chamber of Commerce on the Summit in an attempt to reach a broader base of business opinion and take its messages around corporate responsibility to a wider audience.

Ahead of the Summit, Business in the Community will host its annual CEO Breakfast, in partnership with the CBI, giving business leaders the opportunity to discuss some of the top-level issues.

Business in the Community Managing Director, Kieran Harding, said: “Since our first Responsible Business Conference in 2012, we have been using the event to focus business attention on a sustainable future. We all know that the world of work and business is changing, and through this Summit, we want to encourage local businesses explore the impact of these changes on their business and help them to develop ideas for the future.

“We will have a particular focus on key areas such as the impact of new technologies, changing demographics and the skills needed in the future workforce – and what business can do to help ensure the next generation has the skills that will be required,” he adds.

Richard Donnan, Head of Ulster Bank in Northern Ireland said: “Ulster Bank is really pleased to be lead sponsor of the Responsible Business Summit for the third year. Future-proofing is an essential activity for business and doing so, by looking at their broader community and stakeholder engagement, is vital for companies that want to remain successful and sustainable in the long-term. The line-up for this event is always impressive and the content thought-provoking, so I look forward to a stimulating event in October.”

For further details on the Responsible Business Summit, please visit www.RBSummitNI.com

Pictured: Launching the 2018 Responsible Business Summit, taking place at Belfast Waterfront Hall on Wednesday 10 October: (Front row) Valerie Gourley, NI Chamber of Commerce; John Brolly, Irish News; Kieran Harding, Business in the Community; Richard Donnan, Ulster Bank; (Back row) Garret Kavanagh, BT; Joe McDonald, Asda; Jorge Lopes, Diageo; Angela McGowan, CBI.