Transparency and the Gender Pay Gap: What it Means for Organisations

In the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap as they scramble to report their figures. A recent report conducted by Sage, with supporting data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Annual …

How Can We Improve the UK’s Innovation Performance and Increase Productivity?

According to a recent study, the UK has one of the highest numbers of high productivity firms, however, it still remains one of the lowest performing countries in terms of innovation and productivity – but why is this? This year’s annual State of Small Business Conference, hosted by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), aimed to …

CSR Explained: Who needs enterprise support?

In your business’s CRS or social investment actions, the people on whom you focus support will probably be the first choice you make once you’ve identified the impact you want to create. You may already have a specific group in mind when deciding your objectives, but more often than not there is more than one …

What is a Sustainable Supply-chain?

No business is an island. Every organisation, no matter how small, engages with other businesses as they take their product to market, both directly and indirectly. These supply-chains are fundamental to the business model, but what makes a supply-chain sustainable? Put simply, a sustainable supply-chain is one which promotes positive environmental, economic and social impact. …

7 Ways CSR can Support Your Business

So far in this blog, we’ve explored what CSR is and how to identify areas CSR could be used within your business. This week, we’ll be showing you the impact CSR can achieve in seven key areas of business development.   Sustainable scaling-up CSR can support you to overcome the challenges of scaling-up and expansion, …

CSR questions answered: How to choose your focus

In the first edition of CSR Explained in 3 Minutes, we explored the question ‘What is CSR?’, and learnt that it can help you overcome challenges in many areas of commercial activity. Whilst it’s valuable to be aware of the potential of CSR, and the exciting opportunities it offers a business, the first question many …

Why Do Companies Invest in Running Business Awards?

It’s the award season, a time when your Twitter feed is full of evening wear and businesses promoting their good fortunes. Many businesses invest large portions of their sustainability budget on delivering business awards, but aside from PR what value do these events provide, and why do companies spend to contribute to the success of …

Manufacturing Outperforms UK Productivity Trend

This week The Manufacturers Organisation launched a report on our favourite topic of the season, productivity, offering a hugely positive summary of UK manufacturing. The Productivity: The State of the Manufacturing Nation publication reported that manufacturing had outperformed other areas of the UK economy and bucked the trend for slow momentum in improving productivity. In …

69% of young entrepreneurs driven by desire to make social contribution

Pictured: Iffah Billah of RAB Green Global, who is building the first fully green factory in Brunei Entrepreneurship across the world develops, grows, even booms, to meet a variety of challenges. Everyday young, diverse business owners are changing the social and economic shape of their communities, taking risks to bring new, creative products and business models …

Engaging Employees More Could Save UK £30bn a Year

A report has revealed disengaged employees cost UK businesses £30 billion a year, equivalent to 2% of GDP. It’s an impact on the economy which can’t be ignored, and may be the missing piece to Britain’s productivity puzzle. The report from Leeman’s, a company who have questioned over 100,000 people about their workplace experience, identified …