This prestigious network of like-minded organisations has a commitment to enhancing the role that businesses can play in making a positive difference to society. BITC has a large and growing membership of socially engaged organisations, including Yorkshire Bank, Aviva and Nestle UK to name just a few.
York Business School is one of only 22 university members. Members are from private and public sectors, with a UK membership of over 800 companies and a further 10,000 companies engaged in its campaigns globally. Working with BITC, members transform communities by tackling key social and environmental issues where organisations can make a real difference.
Universities play a key role in developing a new generation of business and community leaders equipped to manage the complex economic, social and environmental challenges faced by business and society. York Business School is fully embracing the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) programme, which is having a major influence on the School’s thinking, curriculum design, research and dialogue with the business community. Ethical business and active citizenship is a core part of the curriculum.
Noel Dennis, Acting Dean at York Business School, was instrumental in securing membership of Business in the Community. He said: “York Business School has a firm commitment to responsible management education. We place sustainability, CSR and ethics at the forefront of everything we do, from our teaching and research to our dialogue with the business community.”
The School’s membership of BITC is a natural progression of the University’s long-standing social enterprise values and reinforces its commitment to furthering responsible management education. In addition to leading relevant research and sharing findings with policy-makers, business leaders and community leaders, the School aims to increase engagement of staff and students with the wider community.
“I am delighted that we have joined the Business in the Community movement. “ Noel says. “It really is a superb opportunity for us to engage with a diverse network of organisations and for us to share or work on the responsible business theme with the wider business community and, of course, learn from other like-minded organisations. Being part of BITC will have positive benefits for our staff and students, through live projects, research and events”.
Achieving membership of Business In The Community comes just months after the University was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark Holder for Business Excellence, and is one of only two universities in the UK to achieve this status, strengthening its commitment to the future of responsible business.