Foundation programme

We believe that businesses do well by doing good

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

What is the foundation programme?

Focused on the practical, the two year programme offers a unique blend of popular events, networking, online resources and mentoring to help businesses define and develop their responsible business approach. Our dedicated network of contributor companies provides members with the support, tools and practical advice they need to thrive and develop their strategy and programmes.

What’s involved?

Our programme runs by calendar year for an all-round introduction to responsible business covering: community, environment, workplace and marketplace.

In year one you’ll benefit from:

  • A series of inspiring learning events
  • Dedicated 1:1 account management to help you define your strategy and goals
  • Building a network of like-minded peers
  • Time-saving online tools and templates
  • 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

In year two you will be able to:

  • Work with a knowledgeable and experienced mentor
  • Hone your thinking at surgery events with experts from companies with mature responsible business programmes
  • Extend your network of like-minded peers
  • Track your progress and impact
  • Use our time-saving online tools and templates
  • Apply for industry awards such as the City of London Dragon Awards or the Westminster Lions Awards.
  • Celebrate at our graduation event and look to the future

Who is the foundation programme for?

Specifically designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs), we welcome companies with little to no experience in responsible business.

The Programme helps business leaders recognise their potential to be a force for good and develop a responsible business strategy and programme of activities 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 here.

What does it cost?

Thanks to funding from the City of London Corporation, City Bridge Trust and Westminster Council we are able to offer a number of free places for Year One to businesses that:

  • Are London-based, with 10 – 250 UK based employees
  • Have buy-in from senior leadership to support your responsible business approach

We do also offer access to the programme to other companies for a modest fee. Please see here for details.

What are the benefits of the foundation programme?

  • Join a movement of like-minded businesses that are committed to doing well by doing good and demonstrate your values
  • Attract the best talent
  • Develop your employees’ skills
  • Retain your valuable employees
  • Gain new business leads
  • Develop a competitive edge

How do I apply?

Applications for places for our 2019 foundation programme have now closed. Applications for the 2020 programme will open in September 2019, alternatively you can  click here to find out about our other membership options that can be joined all year round.

Any questions, get in touch!

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