More companies are now recognising the commercial value and positive reputation they can create by reconnecting with the communities in which they operate. However, despite progressive capitalism and shared social value becoming management buzzwords, a Working Links report entitled The Responsible Employer, which was recently launched in the House of Lords, shows that only 1 in 10 UK employers are putting employability at the heart of their CSR programmes. UK society is letting down those who need help the most. Those coming out of care or prison and the homeless need much more help and support to find and maintain gainful employment than is currently available from the private sector.
A steady job and a sense of responsibility are proven to reduce people's chances of social exclusion, committing crimes, or becoming homeless. In addition, work builds self-esteem and reduces mental illness. In a time when the number of long term unemployed is high, work has become a social imperative in the UK that we all – charities, government, and the private sector, have a role in addressing.