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BiC draws up some fresher principles

September 1999

Business in the Community (BiC) has updated its Principles of Corporate Community Investment.

The BiC principles were launched in 1997 but have been reworked in conjunction with the Ashridge Centre for Business and Society ‘to make them even more robust and relevant to more businesses’.

BiC said they had been revised ‘as part of a process of continuous improvement’ but also on the recommendation of the Taskforce 2000 working group, a joint initiative set up by BiC and the National Council for Voluntary organizations to look at ways of assessing the contribution companies make to community investment.

The ‘new’ principles, which have been sponsored by BT, Barclays, Diageo and United Utilities, include a self assessment scoring system to help companies measure their progress on community investment.

The relaunch will be supported with a series of ‘principles workshops’.

BiC was set up in 1982 to raise business awareness of social issues and promote partnerships between the public, private and voluntary sectors.

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