Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

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): Our website: Responsible and Transparent Clothing Where Does It Come From? is a clothing brand that tells the stories behind clothes – […]

Signposts and Bridges (to being more Responsible and Ethical)

I am occasionally accused of being a little bit like a broken-record when it comes to talking about how easy it is to make simple and small changes to one’s SME business that can have a hugely impactful difference to the planet! Sorry, but I’m not sorry! I make no apology for my repetition of […]

The Responsible Business Workbook

Why the Responsible Business Workbook can really help your business The following article has been provided by Jo Shaer, Managing Director of Lollipop Local, a digital agency based in Southend-on-Sea. Jo was eager to share how the Responsible Business Workbook had benefited her company. Lollipop Local is a member of ORB (Organisation for Responsible Businesses) […]

Nurture the rise of the ethical entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship continues to grow and an increasing number of people start their own business every year. With this trend likely to continue, it is important to help nurture an enterprising mindset from an early age to ensure budding business owners of the future are successful in starting and sustaining new business models. Even if young […]

It was more of a Triple Whammy……!!

Double Whammy Networking is the fundraising arm of ORB, currently operational only in Southend* (but with plans to expand – see below.) DW events are ad hoc business networking events, so called because: a) They provide good quality business networking; and b) They raise funds for the local community. To ensure good networking we don’t […]

Living Wage Week

It’s Living Wage Week, but what does that mean? Did you know that the first week of November marks the annual Living Wage Week? Designed to coincide with the government’s yearly announcement of the revised Living Wage, the week consists of a range of events, from rallies to film screenings, all aiming to get more […]

Responsible Advertising: Marketing To Children

When advertising a product or service it is important to be careful, to avoid causing offence through a marketing campaign that could be seen as sexist, racist or even too suggestive. Commercials surround us; business owners use a number of ways to communicate messages including SMS marketing campaigns that ping directly to our phone; and […]

Social Enterprise – the darker side

Many people know that I have what I would call a Love / Hate relationship with Social Enterprise. I love the ethos of giving social value being more important than making a profit – although of course we must never forget that ALL organisations need to make a profit, even if they call it a […]

The Results of a CSR Internship

  I can’t believe that my time at ORB is nearly at an end! It has gone incredibly quickly but in that short time I don’t think I could have learnt a lot more than I have. From being well and truly thrown in the deep end I pretty quickly learnt how to network, pitch, […]

Engaged in the Community -Top 10 Tips!

  There so many benefits to be had for any business by engaging with the local community –but as with any business strategy it should be done correctly to maximise the benefits! Lacey Thayers CIC is a firm of consultants that we work very closely with. They are experts in optimising a business’s success by […]