Business in the Community
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (February 2009)|
|Key people||Charles, Prince of Wales, President
Mark Price, Chairman
Stephen Howard[disambiguation needed], CEO
|Website||Business in the Community|
Business in the Community (BITC) is a British business-community outreach charity promoting responsible business, CSR, corporate responsibility, and is one of the Prince's Charities of Charles, Prince of Wales.
BITC works with over 800 UK companies committed to improving their impact on society, and operates throughout the UK, BITC seeks to positively shape business impact on the environment, in the marketplace, in the workplace and in the community. It is an organisation that works with businesses to improve their corporate social responsibility (CSR) credentials, offering advice and programmes tailored to meet their needs.
BITC was set up in 1982 and its current CEO is Stephen Howard, who joined the organisation in 2005 before becoming CEO in 2008. Prior to this, Dame Julia Cleverdon was CEO from 1992–2008 and is now Vice President.
Each of BITC's campaigns is managed by a leadership team, made up and chaired by senior business leaders. Leaders include Steven Holliday, Chief Executive of National Grid plc; Mark Allen, Chief Executive of Dairy Crest Group; Paul Drechsler, Chairman and Chief Executive of Wates Group; Richard Howson, Chief Executive of Carillion, and Ian Cheshire, CEO of Kingfisher plc.
Business in the Community is one of The Prince's Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which The Prince of Wales is President. Seventeen of the nineteen charities were founded personally by The Prince.
The Responsible Business Awards
Business in the Community launched the Awards for Excellence at its AGM in December 1997. Now known as The Responsible Business Awards, they are presented annually to businesses that are judged to show innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility. .
The Prince's Seeing is Believing (SIB)
The Prince's Seeing is Believing programme was started by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1990, by inviting business leaders to go on visits around the county. Some 8,000 chief executives have led visits tackling subjects such as urban homelessness and illiteracy to challenges facing hill farmers in remote areas. The objective is to bring give leaders firsthand experiences so that they can begin to address the challenging issues they witness.
Founded in October 1991, and supported by the then Prime Minister John Major MP, Opportunity Now has become the UK's leading membership organisation working towards gender equality and diversity in the workplace.
- Business in the Community
- Business in the Community, Registered Charity no. 297716 at the Charity Commission
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