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Responsible Business Week: alternative approaches to community impact

Thursday 27 April 2017

Ahead of Responsible Business Week, we at OPM Group have been busy re-thinking our responsible business priorities, strategy, and policy. We’ve also been identifying local community needs as potential opportunities to contribute our time and skills and a group of us have been offering our research and insight to a growing charity, the Migration Museum Project.

In a time of growth in our organisation, our internal responsible business team – and the wider organisation – have had the opportunity to reimagine our purpose. As part of this process, we’ve joined a dynamic network of London businesses developing their responsible business activities through The Heart of the City and participating in workshops and mentoring events.

Sounding familiar? Identifying a responsible business team, engaging champions at all levels, sketching out time and resources, and measuring your activities is all critical to making it work. We’re proud that we can already tick many of these boxes. But, is this all? What does it mean for a responsible business plan to work?

We’re an employee owned business that provides research, evaluation, consultation and engagement services for public, private, and charities, as well as change and transformation and social investment expertise.  We work for the public interest and aim to improve social outcomes across our work and for our clients. So, we believe that being responsible looks a little different. Why?

For us, whilst ticking the critical boxes is necessary, we believe in a unique foundation for our responsible business work. We strive for social impact and giving people a say in decisions that affect them so our work with charities, the public sector, and other clients is the starting point. It means that rather than our responsible business work being a way to impress potential clients, or simply a mechanism for the Board to meet its soft objectives, it’s part of the ethos of our organisation. It means that considering our community impact is the fabric of our organisation.

It’s part of the projects we’re working on and where we share our learning with the clients and participants. Not only is it a source of constant inspiration, we’re confident it means quality time and skills spent on the greatest social impact for communities.

By: Sheila Pardoe, Anne Schuetz, Amélie Trepass, Beth Peach, Anna McKeon and Tim Bidey