New Statesman 2015 Supplement: Business and Poverty
Should business play a role in addressing poverty in the UK?
Who should solve the problem of poverty in the UK? This is a central question posed by the Webb Memorial Trust in its latest research to define a good society. Our answer is: everyone.
This answer contrasts with the current polarised debate about poverty. Some think that the government is responsible, while others say that it is down to the individual. This is a false dichotomy because both have a part to play – as do many agencies.
In this special supplement, we examine the role of business, previously a neglected area. Companies are in the spotlight because the UK government is vigorously seeking work-based solutions to poverty and at the same time moving people off welfare.