Digital Priorities: Driving growth and opportunity through digital transformation.

The digital transformation of the UK and global economy is a significant opportunity, at the same time it comes with a number of risks. Digital technologies, data and skills provide significant opportunities to develop new products, services and processes to address societal and environmental challenges. 
 
Equally, the digital revolution raises a series of challenges for a broad range of stakeholders that businesses must now address. There will be impacts on the workforce: such as job losses due to automation1; communities, with over six million people in the UK currently without the skills and access to regularly use the internet2; and the environment, with ICT sector contributing approximately two percent of global greenhouse gas emissions3.

In order to understand and define the role of responsible business in this digital era, Business in the Community with the support of the Digital Champions Network, combines thought with action to set a new agenda for UK businesses. Business in the Community asks businesses to commit to the four priorities outlined in our report A Brave New World? Why business must ensure an inclusive digital revolution, to ensure a sustainable, ethical and inclusive digital revolution that serves all.

The four priorities outlined in A Brave New World 

Business in the Community has convened twelve businesses as our Digital Champions Network to lead this campaign with us. Each Champion is making three year commitments against two of the four Brave New World priorities to become more digitally responsible. The Network exists to support each other to better achieve their responsible digital commitments, to grow the responsible digital movement within other organisations, and to help shape Business in the Community’s campaign.

The Digital Champions Network

Group of organisational logos representing the Digital Champions network

References

  1. Business in the Community (2017) A Brave New World? Why business must ensure an inclusive digital revolution. Available at https://www.bitc.org.uk/resources-training/resources/research/brave-new-...
  2. Business in the Community (2017) A Brave New World? Why business must ensure an inclusive digital revolution. Available at https://www.bitc.org.uk/resources-training/resources/research/brave-new-...
  3. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (2016) ICT Sector Helping to Tackle Climate Change. Available at https://unfccc.int/news/ict-sector-helping-to-tackle-climate-change

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Business in the Community’s Responsible Business Map helps companies to navigate and contribute to the SDGs by identifying the key issues and explaining the actions and outcomes needed for businesses to achieve long-term financial value, enabling both society and the planet to thrive.

Digital Priorities SDG's


Expected Outcome
Digital transformation drives smart forms of economic growth on a finite planet, reduces poverty and inequalities, and improves lives (SDG1, 3 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17).

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