Bitc index gets more backers this yearJuly 2008
The number of companies taking part in the UK's annual Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index rose this year, arresting the recent trend of falling participation rates.
A total of 126 UK-based organizations participated, against 123 in 2007, a figure that had dropped from 131 in 2006 and 144 in 2005.
The index has been adjusted in several ways to make it more attractive to enter, including the scrapping of numbered rankings in favour of broad platinum, gold, silver and bronze categories.
Since 2002, when the index started, 280 of the largest UK companies have participated, though only 51 of them have done so every year.
Mining, banks, utilities, electricity and media companies were this year's highest scoring sectors. The most notable trend is that three-quarters of companies now say business responsibility issues are explicitly included in their board members' performance reviews - up from two-thirds last year and about half two years ago.
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