Workplace

  • 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 – ...
  • Can a paperless office improve workplace efficiency? - Keep up with the digital age and lose the paper mentality around the office and you will soon see that a paperless office can help improve workplace efficiency. Organising a team to work paperless, or with as little paper as possible, can also have a positive impact on your carbon footprint. That said, if you ...
  • Living The Values – ORBMember’s Own Social Impact Report - In the lastest of our guest-blogs, #ORBMember Adrian Ashton (who runs his own advice, consultancy and training business, see www.adrianashton.co.uk) describes how he does an annual review of his business' social impact. It's a great idea and one we would encourage all businesses to think about doing. Here's what Adrian has to say: As a ...
  • Valuable Insight, Valuable Approach, Valuable Book! - In the latest of our guest-posts, fellow #ORBMember Mike Jennings (of Jennings of Garsington Ltd) explains what prompted him to write a book all about how he has developed a highly valuable manner of business operation that is not just valuable in the sense of financial success but is also valuable in the much highly-important ...
  • 4th Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference - Perhaps you will recall how, earlier in the year, ORB was a media partner for a conference on Slavery and Human Rights; well there was such a positive response to this the organisers have arranged for another conference on this subject, and once again ORB is happy to promote this. Slavery is, unfortunately, a very ...
  • Elise Groulx Diggs: Lawyers must be creative and innovative - Further to ORB's media-partner status of the Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference being held in London on 19-20 April, we wanted to feature a news release that Front Group, the organiser of the conference, has just released: Guest Blog: By Danial Naqvi of Front Group In a recent interview with Front ...
  • FREE Webinar: Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain - Further to our recent blog-post on the subject of slavery - specifically as part of our media partnership for the forthcoming Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference. This event is being held over two days on 19th to 20th April 2018 in Central London. In the meantime though, the organisers of this ...
  • 3rd Modern Slavery & Human Rights in Supply Chain Conference - Slavery is a subject that one might be forgiven for thinking is just another horrible example of how badly humans can behave towards one another that has been resigned to the past, or at the very least is something that only goes on elsewhere in the world – certainly not in our so-called civilised and ...
  • As a small business do I really need to be doing anything about GDPR? - A guest-blog by Diana Collins of #ORBMember DLC Engage HR: As 2018 commences, we are all focussing on what key things we should be doing through the year and hopefully, you will have GDPR, the new data protection regulation, firmly etched on your calendar for 25th May 2018…… right? As background, EU GDPR is the ...
  • Zero Future for Zero Hours? - What is your opinion on zero-hour contracts? Does your business use them? Do you feel strongly for them or against them? Well you should find what Jonathan Key from #ORBMember Labour Xchange Ltd has to say really very interesting and insightful. Do leave us a comment to let us know what you think: Are zero-hour ...
  • Long term work associated health conditions - Long term health conditions: How to avoid them when working While a job might pay the bills, some people unfortunately take home more than a wage. In fact, serious long term health conditions can arise if the correct precautions are not taken while carrying out any role. Therefore, whatever industry you work in, it’s important ...
  • “It’s nothing personal. It’s just business…” - We’ve all been on the end of that phrase at some point or other in our lives, haven’t we? It’s usually delivered with an indifferent shrug of a rather cold-shoulder. I know that when I’ve had that said to me, or felt able to say it to somebody else, it has never felt great. I’m ...
  • 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) ...
  • Putting People-Pain-Points in the Past… - Following on from the #ORBMember example who featured in our last blog; Harris Global - a recruitment agency doing the right-thing, treating their employees with simple humanity and ethics leading to a massive fall in employee churn rate and therefore a big boost to the business' profitability, reputation and sustainability – we're continuing the theme ...
  • What’s the carbon footprint of your computer? - We often come across new terms and acronyms which are often easier to say than they are to fully comprehend. One of the most interesting and frequently referenced is the question of carbon reduction and carbon footprint. This article will look at the carbon footprint of computers, something that is often considerably underestimated. So let’s ...
  • Millennials and Business Leadership - What do the Millennials think about Business Leadership? People born between the early 1980s and the 2000s, often referred to as Millennials, will form half the global workforce by 2020. What they expect from businesses and business leaders is very different from the hierarchical approach currently adopted by most companies. To attract the best talent ...
  • The cost-benefit of Health and Safety at Work - The cost-benefit analysis of Health and Safety at Work Last year, the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) published a research report that examined the economic aspects of occupational health and safety interventions in the workplace for small and medium-sized businesses. It is, of course, every organisation’s moral and legal duty to ...
  • Compliant with health & safety regulations? - Is your business complying with health & safety regulations? Health and safety regulations protect the wellbeing of employees and employers alike. If you’re an employer and not complying with this important legislation, you’re breaking the law and could face stringent fines or even prison. Protecting your employees Good employers want to protect their employees. If ...
  • 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 ...
  • Improve employee health and wellbeing - 7 changes to improve employee health and wellbeing   According to statistics from the UK Health & Safety Executive, over 27 million working days were lost to sickness and workplace-related injury in 2014/15. When businesses act to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff, it leads to:   Increased productivity Fewer days off sick ...
  • Safety in the workplace - Your employees are a precious commodity. The right ones can be tough to find, take a long time to train and be very expensive to replace. That’s why you need to look after them. Protect your staff and you’ll have a safe, smooth-running business. In the UK, an estimated 4.1 million working days were lost ...
  • 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 ...
  • Employee benefits: health insurance. - The Benefits Of Offering Health Insurance Packages To Employees As an employer it’s important to consider the benefits you provide for your people. It’s they after all who keep a business moving forward and keeps the wheels turning on a day-to-day basis. They certainly should be considered as your most valuable asset – and they ...
  • 8 ways to improve cyber security online - The challenges of cyber security, and the importance of proactive behaviours by businesses operating an online presence, have never been such a major issue in the UK. Such is the level of the threat out there that official guidelines on the topic of cyber security are now to be introduced into UK computer science and ...
  • Flexible Working: Why It’s A Must For Business - Flexible Working: Why It's A Must For Business in 2016 The opportunity to work flexibly has been made possible due to the rise of technology and more importantly, the Internet. ONS (Office for National Statistics) figures reveal that in Great Britain 39.3 million adults are accessing the Internet everyday and 86% of households have access ...
  • Is your Startup Compliant? - Need a van for your burgeoning business? Then there are a number of legal points you need to tick off on your list beforehand to make sure you don’t incur unnecessary fines and charges. Below you’ll find the major requirements you simply can’t afford to skimp on. Insurance You can drive a van of 3.5 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Engage your Staff in Community Projects - Since starting my internship with the Southend Business and Community Charter I’ve had a chat with a number of small business owners that are really passionate about engaging with the local community and clearly demonstrating it is of real importance to them as an individual. However the thing I’ve found interesting (if not a little ...
  • Is your Legislation up to date? - A recent shocking story from our local area has highlighted the real importance for businesses to be compliant with rules and regulations, for appropriate systems to be in place and staff to be adequeately trained. On Christmas Day in 2012 a Mitchells & Butlers chain pub served Christmas dinner to 128 customers resulting in mother, ...
  • The Illusion of Separation - An interesting and very different view of society and how we have gone against nature in creating consumerism. A new society is proposed, inspired by and in harmony with Nature....  
  • The B Team! - Have you heard of the incredible B Team? Having only just come across it myself I am inspired by the efforts of the movement to change how the world does business and switch from ‘Plan A’ to ‘Plan B’ where it’s priorities are People, Planet and Profit (just like ORB!). The movement was Co-Founded by ...
  • Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide - Fuel consumption is a worry for all drivers in terms of our costs as well as our carbon footprint but what about the trucks and lorries that are constantly driving all over the the world on a daily basis -are they trained to be fuel efficient? The Truck Fuel Efficiency Guide provides valuable tips for ...
  • Win Fruit for Your Office! - British Heart Foundation: Fruitful Office Heart disease remains the single biggest killer in the UK, it’s responsible for around 73,000 deaths, an average of 200 people each day. All too often these deaths could be prevented by positive lifestyle changes that look after your heart.   Why not kick-start your 2015 (and keep that New ...
  • ‘The Values Revolution’ - The Values Revolution evidences a major public shift towards more socially concious behaviour. This exciting research was conducted by ‘Global Tolerance’, a leading global social change consultancy that helps organisations harness this social attitude shift and to do well while doing so. This  research identifies significant implications for all business sectors in order to survive the ...
  • The Cost of Employee Absenteeism - Article Written by Julia Lloyd   Absenteeism is a problem for most companies, no matter what their size, but for several reasons, it tends to have a much greater impact on small businesses. Reducing absenteeism can have a significant positive impact on a business, both directly and indirectly. How much does Absenteeism cost the small business ...
  • Entrepreneurs ARE a noble bunch…! - Oh dear. Editor-in-chief Jeremy O’Grady normally delivers words of wisdom in his weekly musings in The Week - a weekly paper /magazine providing an unbiased summary of the week’s news. But this time he’s got it horribly wrong. Entrepreneurs across the country need to ask him to reconsider his comments! Jeremy says: “the entrepreneur is ...
  • Your Greatest Responsibility is to your Employees. - Article by Mike Jennings: I have been running my family business now for nearly 20 years. We own and rent commercial premises to small businesses in Oxfordshire. It is profitable, and people consider me a success. But I don’t feel that building a financially successful business makes me a success in my life. These people ...
  • DON’T HIDE YOUR LIGHT UNDER A BUSHEL! - We recently launched the Southend Business and Community Charter, an initiative we are working on with local authorities and other organisations to encourage businesses to get more involved in their local communities, and celebrate and acknowledge those that do via a rolling awards system. What has been an absolutely amazing discovery is the number of ...
  • Sustainability and the IoD - In November, the Institute of Directors (IoD) held an event in conjunction with the British Standards Institute (BSI) relating to sustainability. I was pleased to attend and naturally delighted that the IoD is encouraging it’s members to consider sustainability. But, as always, the question is what is sustainability? One of my frustrations is that events ...
  • Time is money, so the saying goes… - When I worked as a chalet host in a French ski resort, time was my nemesis; I never had enough of it. On changeover day our workforce had to turnaround twenty to thirty separate residences by the time new clients were ready to check-in at 4pm. When we were fully booked, the company employed part-time ...
  • The Responsible Business Conference - On Monday 18th November people will start arriving in Southend for the Responsible Business Conference, heralding the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  • Embedded Core Values - A CODE OF PRACTICE TO ENSURE YOUR ORGANISATION MEETS CORE VALUES
  • Alternative Models to Micromanagement - Managerial snooping is a tell-tale sign of a dysfunctional office environment. Supervisors’ constant need to keep tabs on their employees’ activities is not exactly the benchmark of an existing and competent management style. These chronic supervisory practices may come in various guises such as website activity tracking, e-mail monitoring, and other modes of employee scrutiny. ...
  • NLP in business: client benefits for the taking - A competent entrepreneur is aware of one basic business principle: in every investment, there should be a definite, or at least a potential, reward or profit. This is equally true when it comes to considering the value of shelling out a considerable amount of money for leadership trainings and seminars. There are many organisations that ...
  • Success through Emotional Intelligence - Intellectuals and creatives abound. In a corporate setting, for instance, there is no scarcity of talented and intelligent people who adequately know their trade and efficiently accomplish their tasks. But the most curious thing happens when some of these people are given a managerial role; for some reason, not all of them are able to ...
  • The European CSR Award Scheme - The European CSR Awards scheme presents a wonderful opportunity for the EU to join together and recognise the importance of CSR and celebrate great initiatives.
  • Mentors for Cleantech Companies - Following the soft launch of the London Cleantech Cluster in the late summer (www.londoncleantechcluster.co.uk), Eventure Media Ltd are linking up with the Wax Chandlers Livery and developing a free mentoring arrangement for those that wish to participate. This is not limited to Greater London at all and is very much a nationwide activity.
  • Adding Social Value - local councils have been freed from excessive and prescriptive guidance and duties in return for a “social responsibility” deal which asks that they continue to give support to local voluntary and community groups and small businesses.
  • Green Office Week 2012 - Green Office Week (GOW 14th-18th May is an action-packed week full of fun and simple ideas to make your office greener.
  • ‘Focus on Enforcement – food manufacturing - ‘Focus on Enforcement’ - opportunity for small businesses in food manufacturing to have their say on the way regulations are enforced
  • A great training weekend - We delivered another training session this weekend – our first two day course. Everyone was particularly excited about the potential for new CSR initiatives emanating out of the EU – and the impact the new Public Services (social value) Bill 2012 will have on public sector procurement.
  • Focus on Enforcement - The Government has already acknowledged that small businesses are over burdened with inappropriate legislation and have adopted a process of eliminating red tape.
  • Are they listening? - A radical overhaul of burdensome employment legislation is desperately needed to encourage firms to recruit and thereby help stimulate the economy. But is the Government listening?
  • Sustainability – bottom up or top down? - In my work with SMEs, I invariably find that the sustainability journey is very much top down: that is, it is led by the owner / managing director who has personal aspirations in that direction. Similarly, I find it virtually impossible to profile the type of company or industry, apart from the obvious eco-businesses, that ...
  • Maternity Pay - I feel I may upset a few people here, particularly women, but ORB is based on honesty and transparency and these are my personal views. Pregnant womanAnd before I express my views in any detail, let me just say that I have worked almost all my adult life and have four children, eleven grand-children and ...