Challenging and supporting NI business to respond positively to the environment and be more sustainable. Smart businesses take action to minimise their impact on the environment – balancing their need to save money with the global imperative to be more sustainable. Business in the Community works with organisations to help them understand, measure and reduce their impacts – benefiting their business and our environment.
ARENA Network is the environmental arm of Business in the Community and represents all of the leading business organisations. Helping to firmly establish environmental issues on the boardroom agenda throughout Northern Ireland, ARENA Network assists businesses through a range of support services designed to help meet both their legislative and corporate responsibilities towards the environment.
The Workplace 20:20 programme supports and challenges employers to create healthy and inclusive workplaces which will positively impact the collective employee engagement in Northern Ireland's workforce. Creating inclusive workplaces which focus on employee wellbeing is a key area which responsible businesses must focus on to engage their people and maximise their potential. The Workplace 20:20 programme supports, inspires and challenges organisations to join our Business led movement committed to making Northern Ireland an employer of choice.
Develop skills through employee volunteering and give back to the local community. Responsible business practice can make a difference. One of the areas where companies are striving to gain competitive edge is in terms of the development of people within the organisation. Business in the Community identifies employee volunteering as one of the key areas in which responsible business practice can make a difference to communities. For more information, visit: www.bitcni.org.uk/what-we-do/place/
The Northern Ireland Responsible Business Awards run alongside our UK-wide awards programme (see below) offering the opportunity for Northern Ireland organisations to be recognised for their outstanding contributions to their people, the planet and the places where they operate. Previous winners of these Awards have shown remarkable innovation, creativity and a sustained commitment to corporate responsibility. Not only did they demonstrate the positive impact they have had on society, but also the business benefits. See our 2014 NI Impact Award winners by visiting www.bitcni.org.uk/what-we-do/ni-impact-awards/