Ensuring an inclusive digital revolution - the priorities and actions for business

Launching Responsible Business Week (#RBweek) taking place from April 24-28 are (from left) Sam Davidson of headline sponsors Henderson Group; Kieran Harding, Business in the Community; and Kerry Hagan, Spar

BUSINESS leaders from across Northern Ireland will gather at Victoria Square this morning to explore the challenges and opportunities for responsible business in a digital era.

The event, hosted by Business in the Community (BITC), coincides with Responsible Business Week (#RBweek) which is supported by SPAR.

The annual awareness week for responsible business this year focuses on what it means to be a responsible business in a digital era, while continuing to champion responsible business, and encourage organisations to use the week as a platform to share the good work they do throughout the year.

A number of new pieces of research were launched at the event including a report on 'The State of Responsible Business in Northern Ireland' and a new research paper 'A Brave New World? Priorities and Actions for an Inclusive Digital Revolution', which has been developed by BITC in collaboration with Accenture Strategy.

It defines the key priorities for responsible business in a digital age to help ensure an inclusive digital revolution. These are: 1 protect, support and empower customers; 2 embrace the changing nature of work; 3 deliver innovative products and services that serve society; 4 drive a transparent, inclusive and productive value chain

Kieran Harding, managing director of Business in the Community NI, said: “Technology has revolutionised the way we live, work and socialise. While many opportunities have arisen from the digital revolution, it also presents business with a number of challenges that must be addressed.

"Digital technologies could help provide better access to education for 450 million people worldwide but, in contrast, research also suggests that there could be as many as 10 million job losses due to automation by 2035.

“Northern Ireland is not immune to the pace of digital change, and is already extremely active as a digital development hub. We are urging the business community to embrace each of the four priorities, and take action to help secure an inclusive digital revolution.”

To download a copy of 'A Brave New World? Priorities and Actions for an Inclusive Digital Revolution' or to find out more about Responsible Business Week visit You can also search for the hashtag #RBweek on Twitter to join the conversation.

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