Business in the Community

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Business in the Community
Non-profit organization
IndustryNon Profit
Key people
Charles, Prince of Wales, President
Antony Jenkins, Chairman
Amanda Mackenzie OBE, CEO
WebsiteBusiness 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 companies in the UK and internationally, who are committed to improving their impact on society. 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 Amanda Mackenzie OBE, who joined the organisation in 2016. Prior to this, Dame Julia Cleverdon was CEO from 1992 to 2008 and is now vice president, and Stephen Howard was CEO from 2008 to 2016.

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.[1]

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[edit]

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.[2] The event is organized by the London-based Ethical Corporation.[citation needed]

The Prince's Seeing is Believing (SIB)[edit]

The Prince's Seeing is Believing programme was started by the Prince of Wales in 1990, by inviting businesspeople 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.[3]

BBC Documentary Series[edit]

John Walsh made the award-winning 2003 BBC documentary series Headhunting The Homeless following the work of Eva Hamilton’s[4] Business Action on Homelessness project as part of Business in the Community.[5]

Opportunity Now[edit]

Founded in October 1991, and supported by the then Prime Minister John Major MP, Opportunity Now is a UK membership organisation working towards gender equality and diversity in the workplace.[6]

The campaign's chair Helena Morrissey, CEO of Newton Investment Management and founder of the 30% Club, was appointed in 2013.[7]


  1. ^ "Leadership Teams". BITC. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
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  3. ^ Charles, Prince (2013-02-03). "HRH The Prince of Wales discusses Business in the Community as well as his Seeing is Believing programme". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
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  6. ^ Grayson, David (2007). Business Led Corporate Responsibility Coalitions (PDF). The Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. p. 31.
  7. ^ Morissey, Helena (2013-11-16). "Finally, let's hear the truth about our top women". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-01-11.

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