Every month we like to share a recommendation from one of our ambassadors: something that inspires them in their responsible business work. This month we asked Ben Anderson, Social Sustainability Manager at Landsec.
“I am the Social Sustainability Manager at Landsec, one of the UK’s leading commercial property companies. It is my role to ensure we have a positive impact on the communities where we operate – we do this through our four social sustainability programmes: community employment, education, charity partnerships and volunteering.
My journey into social sustainability goes back nearly 20 years – initially I worked in PR, then moved into comms and project management for Hackney-based charity Training for Life, before starting work as an Employment Officer at Westminster-based homeless charity The Cardinal Hume Centre. All this has given me a unique perspective when it comes to responsible business.
Through my position at Landsec, I am lucky enough to work alongside a range of stakeholders including corporates, charities and local authorities. With our Head Office based in Victoria, I wanted to champion the work of Westminster City Council’s Business Partnership initiative.
The Business Partnership came about as a result of the massive challenges facing communities following Covid-19 and the subsequent lockdown. The partnership brings together Westminster businesses and charities of all sizes on how best to support residents and community organisations. I have now been to two meetings and have always been impressed with their inclusivity and variety of speakers, ranging from council teams to local businesses and community organisations. Meetings are followed with a newsletter, which acts as a platform for charities and community organisations to share opportunities, everything from volunteering to in-kind space and financial donations.
I love the flexibility of the Business Partnership, and I would encourage any business looking to support local community organisations to get involved. If a similar initiative doesn’t exist where you are based, encourage your local authority to start one up! For me, it’s one of the best ways for businesses to support their local communities, which is becoming increasingly important as we navigate through Covid-19.”