Business in the Community stands for responsible business. Set up in Northern Ireland in 1989, we now have over 260 members and are the largest business-led coalition dedicated to corporate responsibility.

We are the network for responsible business. A registered charity and membership organisation, we exist to support and challenge business to be a force for good in society. Business in the Community has a presence in all parts of the UK, and we have a sister organisation in the Republic of Ireland.

We are led by business, and in Northern Ireland, our 260+ members employ more than 40% of the working population. Our network comprises companies of all sizes, and the introduction of a Responsible Small Business Network enables us to engage and support smaller employers more effectively.

Our ability to convene business is one of our greatest strengths, and we use that power to encourage collaboration to tackle key societal and environmental issues.

To help us decide where we are best placed to influence and act on those issues, we will ask ourselves a series of questions before deciding on a course of action. We call this our litmus test.

Our litmus test

  • Does this fit with our unique purpose of engaging business in society?
  • Are we best placed to deliver?
  • Could we be duplicating the work/role of others?
  • Do we have the skills and resources, or can we get them?

Our Responsibilities…

It would be wrong for us to encourage companies to act responsibly without proactively ensuring that our own impact on our People, the Planet and the Places where we operate wasn’t as good as it could be.

We pride ourselves on setting and achieving high standards and we do constantly challenge ourselves to do more, while sharing what we do with others in order to inspire and encourage. We also measure our success and commit to continually improving, as evidenced by our attainment of standards such as Investor in People and BS8555.

Business in the Community’s values commit us to be focused, passionate, pioneering, collaborative, and to act with integrity. We strive to ensure that what we do internally is aligned to the asks that we make of our members. For information on how we Walk the Talk click here. To view Business in the Community’s Environmental Policy click here.