Responsible Business Week 2016

Responsible Business Week (18-22 April) is now in its fourth year. Organised by Business in the Community, it is described as the awareness week for responsible business, and...

Responsible Business Week (18-22 April) is now in its fourth year. Organised by Business in the Community, it is described as the awareness week for responsible business, and claims to give a “high profile opportunity for businesses and organisations of all sorts to demonstrate the many ways that they can work together to turn ambition into positive action for a fairer society and a more sustainable future”.

 

  • Co-ops nominated for Responsible Business Awards

    The Southern Co-operative and Midcounties Co-operative have been nominated for a Responsible Business Award recognising their work towards creating innovative and sustainable business practices that improve their communities, workplaces and the environment. The awards, now in their nineteenth year, are run by Business in the Community and The Prince of Wales’ Responsible Business ...

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  • Unity Trust joins Banking Standards Board

    Unity Trust Bank has become the latest organisation to join the Banking Standards Board. The board is an independent body that aims to challenge and offer support to member banks and building societies to raise standards of behaviour and competence within the banking industry. It was established in 2015 and made open to all banks and building societies at the start of 2016. It is voluntary ...

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  • Why retail is moving to an eco-friendly future

    Hannah Gallimore, corporate responsibility manager at Central England Co-operative, tells us how eco-friendly retailing is the way of the future and how it helps Central England a more responsible business. CEC recently attained all four Carbon Trust standards and became a signatory of the Courtauld 2025 agreement to commit to reducing food waste by 20% by 2025. What does ...

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  • Midcounties Co-operative reported a drop in food sales but large increases elsewhere

    Full marks for Midcounties Co-operative

    The Midcounties Co-operative has achieved full marks in Business in the Community’s (BitC) Corporate Responsibility (CR) Index 2016, after investing over £11m and 26,000 hours volunteering in local communities. The highest-possible five stars for the society was announced as part of Responsible Business Week (18-24 April), which gives organisations an opportunity to demonstrate the ...

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  • How can producer co-ops improve knowledge exchange?

    Successful producer co-ops can help bring economies of scale and scope in production and access new markets, research shows. Dr Angela Tregear and Dr Sarah Cooper of Edinburgh Business School presented their study at the annual conference of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS). It examined how co-ops act as vehicles for encouraging knowledge exchange. The ...

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  • Retail co-op success in Corporate Responsibility Index

    Three co-operative societies have been included in Business in the Community (BitC) Corporate Responsibility Index survey 2016. The annual survey, which is in its 14th year, helps businesses to assess how successfully they are integrating responsible business practice into their operations by assessing factors ranging from a company’s culture and values to its environmental impact and ...

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  • Editorial: What makes a responsible business?

    How are businesses responsible? During Responsible Business Week, this is a question we’re posing. If we are being self- congratulatory we could immediately associate co-ops with being responsible. But, before we do that, we need to figure out what an irresponsible business is. It is an obvious step to award some mega-conglomerates the title of Most Irresponsible Business. And there ...

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  • Sustainability Reporting for Co-operatives: A Guidebook

    The International Co-operative Alliance has published a manual to help co-operatives report on sustainability. Sustainability Reporting for Co-operatives: A Guidebook has been prepared by the Sustainability Solutions Group. It explores the different types of reporting frameworks used by co-ops globally, the process of developing a chosen framework and how a co-op can then communicate ...

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  • Co-operatives: the ultimate responsible business?

    Why is there a need for Responsible Business week? Because somewhere along the way, businesses became irresponsible as the drive for profit that benefits a few increased while answerability decreased. But co-operatives’ inherent accountability – their responsibility – to members, make them the ultimate responsible business structure. Now in its fourth year, Responsible Business Week ...

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  • Big business encouraged to 'Buy Social' in £1bn challenge

    Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and the Cabinet Office have joined forces in a bid to encourage big businesses to spend £1bn with social enterprises – including co-operatives – by 2020. Launching at Downing Street on Monday 18 April, the start of Responsible Business Week, the £1bn Buy Social Corporate Challenge will see big businesses procure goods and services from the UK’s social ...

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  • Why co-operatives are leaders in responsible business

    What is a responsible business? To say that there are as many definitions of responsible business as there are businesses would be a bit of an exaggeration. But only a bit. Social responsibility, community investment, ethical trading, fair trade ... the list goes on. As businesses with a strong ethical heritage, co-operatives have tended to shy away from engagement with initiatives ...

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