A responsible workplace

Our staff make a difference

At Birmingham Business School, we are continuously proud of our staff and the work that they do. We know that our colleagues are contributing to wider society outside of their working lives by volunteering for good causes. We're documenting the volunteering experiences that our staff share with us to celebrate how they are giving back to the community.

Eva-Maria Lenz case study case studyVolunteering with the National Trust: Eva-Maria Lenz's experience

"Volunteering is absolutely great, it’s just about getting the right thing for you.”"

Read more about Eva-Maria's experience

Rob Fleming case studyVolunteering with the Bournville Warriors: Rob Fleming's experience

"It’s great to see quite how many people it involves, and how
many people's lives it affects"

Read more about Rob's experience

Responsible business events

Within the Business School, we are always looking at how we can engage our staff and students to develop a community that works in unison. As part of this, we are running a series of film screening events made up of films that have a responsible business angle. Each film screening is followed by a panel discussion made up of our academics to discuss the issues raised. These events are open to staff and students.

For our staff, we hold responsible business forums focusing on some of the key topics that affect the workplace and wider society. These are based on a series of topics including volunteering and inclusivity. The forums see a panel discussion between sector experts and those experienced in the area, which gives a real-life perspective on the issues at hand. 

Responsible business tracker

In late 2018 Birmingham Business School was one of 64 forerunner organisations that made a submission in the pilot cycle of Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Tracker®.

The Responsible Business Tracker® is a tool designed to enable an organisation to measure their performance as a responsible business, using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

For our 2018 entry, we were commended for our programme of work around diversity and inclusion, as well as our use of the Sustainable Development Goals, which inform our research and business initiatives. The exercise has highlighted how we should review our approach to impact measurement and reporting in relation to health and wellbeing initiatives, to ensure we are achieving what we set out to do in this area.

BiTC said: “Thank you to The University of Birmingham for your participation in the Forerunner Cycle of the Responsible Business Tracker®. We were particularly excited to see your wide-ranging Diversity and Inclusion activities.”

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Above: Forerunners of the Responsible Business Tracker® including Professor Ian Thomson, Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business