Being a responsible business

Corporate Social Responsibility, West & North Yorkshire ChamberCan you make a difference?

Can businesses, by acting responsibly, make a difference in the local area? Yes, of course! Thousands of businesses perform small miracles every day, getting involved in their local community, sponsoring awards, speaking in schools, judging competitions, making donations.

Local priorities may vary from place to place, or may change over time, but they always include actions under the headings of community, education, economy and environment. Business can help to tackle local priorities by taking actions in these categories, such as:

  • Community – provide senior management input around marketing a local community group and their work
  • Education – provide a talk about careers in your sector; sponsor a prize in a local school; donate materials
  • Economy – be a judge at a dragons den event; mentor a start-up business
  • Environment – clean up the local area; implement energy-savings in your business.

Let your neighbours see that you care about the local environment. Take pictures when you raise money for charities or help a community organisation. Use Raising the Bar website to help you log what you do and gain helpful press coverage. Use the hours that you log and the cash value of donations to enter the Raising the Bar awards – gain a certificate and recognition of your and your staff’s contribution back into society.

“When we looked back at the past 12 months we were pleasantly surprised at what we have achieved and delighted to be recognised. As a medium-size business it is easy to stay in your own business bubble but we have made a conscious effort to make a positive impact on the local community and environment plus creating jobs for every level too. We were very proud to pick up the accolade for overall winner; this is an award the whole team will treasure.”

Raising the Bar Awards l-r Stephen Wright, Dave Belmont

Dave Belmont, company secretary, Acorn Stairlifts, 2015 Overall Winner

View details of the 2015 awards here.

To take part or to apply for the 2016 awards visit Raising the Bar.


Raising the Bar is a business responsibility initiative sponsored by Provident Financial plc

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