Foundation Programme

Applications for free places on our 2019 Foundation Programme open on Monday 3rd September
– to register your interest please click here!

We believe that businesses do well by doing good

Join our flagship Foundation Programme to help discover how your business can help make a positive different to people, places and the planet.

What is the Foundation Programme?

Our Foundation Programme provides a unique programme of support to help businesses define and develop their responsible business approach. By leveraging the skills and expertise of our unique network of supporter companies, we equip business leaders with the tools and practical advice they need to thrive and develop responsible business programmes.

Who is the Foundation Programme for?

Our Foundation Programme has been specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with little to no experience in responsible business.

The Foundation Programme aims to help business leaders recognise their potential to be a force for good and develop a responsible business strategy that aligns to their overall business goals. To date over 750 companies have completed our Foundation Programme, with 96% rating it as good or excellent. See what they say about our programme.

To be eligible to join the programme free of charge for the first 12 months you must:

  • Be a London-based small to medium-sized (SMEs) business with 10-249 UK based employees
  • Have buy-in from your company’s senior leadership to support your responsible business approach

We welcome business leaders from all industries and celebrate having a diverse cohort of SMEs from a range of sectors including financial and professional services, construction and property management, retail through to creative arts, marketing and IT.

What’s involved?

Our programme runs from January – December and brings together 60-80 London-based SMEs from a range of industries, for an all-round introduction to responsible business covering: community, environment, workplace and marketplace.

The Foundation Programme consists of:

    • Dedicated 1:1 account management support to help identify what being a responsible business means to your company
    • Series of workshops delivered by responsible business experts from leading FTSE 100 companies
    • Connections to our network of useful organisations including volunteer brokerages and community groups
    • Access to over 100+ resources with easy to use, downloadable templates, tip sheets and strategy documents
    • An invite to the high-profile Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards to showcase and celebrate best practice in responsible business
    • Regular updates, news and highlights delivered direct to your inbox

For more information on our programme check out our FAQs.

What are the benefits of the Foundation Programme?

    • Join a movement of like-minded businesses that are committed to doing well by doing good
    • Enhance your company’s culture and recruitment prospects
    • Develop a responsible business programme that sets your company apart from competitors in your industry
    • Develop opportunities for your employees to volunteer in their local communities and support environmental projects
    • Provide learning and development opportunities for your employees and engage them in developing a programme that is right for your organisation
    • Boost the reputation of your company and be more profitable to your shareholders by considering the interest of your employees, environment and wider society.

What does it cost?

Places on our Foundation Programme are free for a limited number of small-to-mid-sized companies with thanks to funding from the City of London Corporation and City Bridge Trust. Our free places are valuable so we ask any business joining our programme to demonstrate your commitment and what you hope to gain from taking part in a short application form. We do also offer access to the programme to other companies for a modest fee. Please see here for details.

How do I apply?

Applications for our 2019 Foundation Programme will open in September 2018 and close in late November 2018. We will confirm your successful place on the programme in December 2018 ready to start in January 2019. Click here to apply now.

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