Business in the Community

Business in the Community (BITC) are a business-led, issue-focused charity with more than 30 years' experience of mobilising business. They engage thousands of businesses through programmes driven by their core membership of over 800 organisations from small enterprises to global corporations.

BITC are one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which HRH The Prince of Wales is President.

As the Prince's Responsible Business Network, Business in the Community aims to create positive social and economic impact through business engagement, employment, enterprise and culture.

BITC appoint Prince’s Ambassadors who are chosen for their leadership in transforming their own businesses and empowering other organisations to take action. In their two year role, they promote the responsible business agenda in their country or region, engaging the local business community around key social issues.

In 2016 Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota Manufacturing UK was appointed as Prince’s Ambassador for Responsible Business in the East Midlands by BITC.

 

Business in the Community ‘Give and Gain’

Annually, the BITC organise a nationwide day of volunteering and encourage their members to get involved within their local community. 

A team of eleven employees from Toyota Manufacturing UK volunteered at the Hadhari Day Care Centre in Derby in May 2016 as part of this activity.

As part of the Company's commitment to supporting the local community, a team of volunteers from Toyota's Burnaston vehicle manufacturing plant put their skills to good use.  The main focus for the team was to decorate the soical areas at the Hadhari Centre, giving a much needed makeover to help bring in additional revenue through hiring out for functions and meetings.

The Hadhari (which means Caring in Swahili) was established in 1982 by a group of volunteers who were committed to enabling the elderly within the community to lead independent, dignified, positive and productive lives.  They provide older people the chance to get together and join in educational, social and recreational activities.

 

Business in the Community Awards

Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence showcase the best of responsible business in action and are the UK’s most influential, independent, peer assessed corporate responsibility awards.

Awards are offered in the following categories- Impact on Society, Community, Environment, Market Place, Workplace and Leadership.


Toyota Manufacturing UK’s ‘Big Tick’ Awards for Excellence

  • 2004 ‘Big Tick’ Award for Excellence for achieving zero waste to landfill.
  • 2005 ‘Big Tick’ Award for Excellence reaccreditation for zero waste to landfill.
  • 2007 ‘Big Tick’ Award for Excellence for waste water recycling.
  • 2008 ‘Big Tick’ Award for Excellence reaccreditation for waste water recycling
  • 2008 ‘Big Tick’ Award for Excellence for Environmental Leadership
  • 2009 'Big Tick' Award for Excellence for Climate Change
  • 2009 'Big Tick' Award for Excellence for Environmental Leadership (re-accreditation)
  • 2010 'Big Tick' Award for Environmental Leadership
  • 2010 'Big Tick' Award for Excellence for Climate Change (re-accreditation)
  • 2011 'Big Tick' Award for Environmental Leadership (re-accreditation)
  • 2011 'Big Tick' Award for Excellence for Climate Change (re-accreditation)
  • 2014 'Big Tick' Award for Excellence for Sustainable Products and Services
  • 2015 Business in the Community Regional Winner & National Finalist for Employee Wellbeing
  • 2015 Business in the Community for Sustainable Products and Services (re-accreditation)
  • 2016 Business in the Community for Sustainable Products and Services (re-accreditation)