University supports Responsible Business Week

The University of Birmingham is delighted to be taking part in Responsible Business Week, Monday 24 April to Friday 28 April 2017. Led by Business in the Community (BITC), the Week draws attention to how businesses of all sizes are making a difference, changing lives and improving communities across the UK.

Responsible Business Week aims to show the positive impact of organisations across the United Kingdom on our society, highlighting how they benefit employees, communities and the country. With hundreds of companies and individuals taking part, Responsible Business Week wants to inspire more to take action.

Here at the University, we are proud of our long history in responsibility. We are 75th in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers Index 2017, showing our commitment to our LGBTQA+ staff, and are pioneering research in LGBTQA+ education. Our employees come together from over 95 countries to push the boundaries of knowledge and to inspire the next generation of thinkers. Since 2000, the leading Access to Birmingham scheme has been helping students from the West Midlands realise their potential, with fair access to exceptional courses. Our teaching contributes £1.34 billion to the economy and we support over 15,000 jobs in the West Midlands. Our campus is open to all, with museums and art galleries to explore and free events to attend.

We are looking ahead to how we can push this legacy forward – by 2020, we aim to have reduced carbon emissions by 20% and have invested in hydrogen vehicles for our campus.

Throughout the week, our academics will be discussing responsible business on the Business School Blog. Our students will be sharing what responsible business means to them. We will be inviting the community to events on campus around sustainable and responsible business.

Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive of Business in the Community said:
“Responsible Business Week is a moment to reflect and be inspired by what business is doing to provide much needed help and support in our communities. We want UK companies to be the best in the world at responsible business, so by creating a space to share ideas and success stories we hope many more companies will help transform the way business is done.”

Want to get involved? Vote on our Twitter polls, attend an event or comment on our blogs with your thoughts.

Learn more about Responsible Business Week

To find out more about Responsible Business Week 2017 visit the BITC website or search for the hashtag #RBweek.