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Importance of plants in the workplace

Enhancing your workplace with even just a few plants can have a huge positive impact on your staff. Just one plant can reduce negative mood states, staff headaches, reduce stress, anxiety and depression as well as anger – all making a more productive workforce. Plants are good for us and we have a long-standing relationship […]

Mindful Sales

Article by Paul Durrant, proprietor of #ORBMember company PDT Sales Consultancy. As with anything in life, when you take a more minded approach to a task then things become a whole lot easier but what was does being more minded or, indeed, mindfulness actually mean? Mindfulness is essentially a translation of sati, a word from […]

Why Companies Must Keep Workers’ Rights at the Heart of Their Organisations

Employment laws encompass everything from detailed employment contracts to a wide range of statutory rights, including equal pay, participation in trade union activities, and flexible working arrangements. All of this means that workers’ rights are human rights and should be prioritised as such. Every employee has the right to safety, health, and happiness in the […]

Rushlight Summer Showcase

The Rushlight Summer Showcase takes place on Thursday 20 June 2019 at the Victory Services Club, 63-79 Seymour Street, London, W2 2HF.  It is THE marketplace that brings together cleantech developers and sustainable solution providers, with investors & financiers and businesses looking to source suppliers and partners for an improved level of sustainability in their […]

ORB is now a CIC

What is a CIC? Just to be clear, a C.I.C. is a Community Interest Company which is one of several legal entities for social enterprises. A CIC operates as a business but has an underlying remit to operate for a social purpose. Additionally, CICs have an asset lock which means all assets must be used […]

We’ve slashed our membership rates!

We are delighted that we have been able to dramatically reduce ORB membership rates – not as a short-term special offer but permanently. And, of course, not just to new members but to existing members too. The starting point for ORB membership is now only £35 per annum, down from £120 per annum plus VAT. […]

Employee Well-being – a different approach to this important topic

Vicky Kelly of Butterfly Effect Coaching is an experienced and well-respected coach and trainer. But in 2016/17 she went through quite a transition. On a personal level, Vicky held very strong values and ethics and felt that, although she was undoubtedly delivering a first-class business consultancy, she wanted to bring this focus into the training […]

Nail your colours to the mast!

This may be a very old phrase and, indeed, one that many people may not be familiar with, but it is certainly apt in relation to the request I am about to make. It means: To defiantly display one’s opinions and beliefs and show your intention to hold on to those beliefs until the end. […]

Put purpose at the heart of your business

There are many ways that companies can put purpose at the heart of their business. Obviously not every company delivers direct services to the community, but nonetheless operating ethically and responsibly and making a concerted effort to support people – your people, the local community and society at large – is something every organisation can […]

Responsible Clothing Production in Africa – Where Does It Come From?

Where Does It Come From? Clothes with a transparent supply chain     Artcile by Jo Salter, Founder and CEO of #ORBmember Where Does it Come From? Our project (October 2018): www.crowdfunder.co.uk/african-tunics Our website: www.wheredoesitcomefrom.co.uk Responsible and Transparent Clothing Where Does It Come From? is a clothing brand that tells the stories behind clothes – […]