Facts about the CBI

Business voices
Founded over 50 years ago
Regional and subject based policy standing committees and councils
Economic and policy specialists, the largest policy unit outside of Whitehall

  • Where we operate

    To ensure the voice of business is heard across all the UK regions, nations and around the world, we have offices in 13 distinct geographical areas of the UK and offices in five distinct areas of the world.

  • Our people

    The CBI colleagues come from all walks of life, and bring a wide range of experiences to support our members to grow. Learn more about the people taking your voice to government.

  • Our history

    The CBI is a not-for-profit membership organisation, founded by Royal Charter on 30 July 1965 when the British Employers’ Confederation, the Federation of British Industries and the National Association of British Manufacturers joined together to form the Confederation of British Industry.

Corporate social responsibility and environmental impact

Supporting and working with the wider community

The CBI is committed to conducting business in a responsible manner, supporting communities where we operate and working with partners on some of the challenges that we all face. Over the last year we have supported and worked with the Greggs Breakfast Clubs in Scotland, the North East and Yorkshire and the Humber regions. Through local fundraising the CBI funded Breakfast Clubs in six schools providing 58,500 breakfasts to children who otherwise might not have had access to a good meal to start the day.

The CBI has also worked with charities like the Social Mobility Foundation (which aims to make a practical improvement in social mobility for young people) and Mencap (which supports people with a learning disabilities) to provide opportunities, work experience and placements for people from a range of backgrounds in our offices.

Environmental impact, recycling and sustainability

The CBI has worked to reduce the footprint of our activities where both possible and economically viable. In the past few years this has included monitoring our emissions to boosting our recycling capabilities in our offices and looking at how technology can reduce our impact on the environment. You can find details on our latest emissions reporting and work on sustainably and recycling in our Annual Report.

Accreditation and partnerships with external bodies

The CBI works closely with a range of partners to ensure we operate in line with best practice where appropriate and meet a high standard of compliance. We have achieved accreditation with numerous stakeholders, including: Good Business Charter, FSQS, Inclusive Employers, The Prince's Responsible Business Network, Social Mobility Foundation, and Disability Confident Employer.

Matthew Fell
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“As businesses grow, so does their opportunity to make a difference. Focusing on CSR makes good business sense.”

Matthew Fell, Chief UK Policy Director

Governance and Compliance

For further information on how the CBI is run, managed and how it secures its mandate to speak as the voice of business, please download the relevant PDF.

Annual Report and AGM

Every year the CBI publishes its Annual Report which contains more information on our governance arrangements, key highlights from the year’s activities and details on our financial information.

Every year our members are invited to attend our Annual General Meeting. The Annual General Meeting is used to elect the CBI Auditors annually, elect or re-elect CBI Board members and the CBI President and vote on a wide variety of resolutions.

Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap

The CBI is committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation, attracting and retaining diverse talent which reflects the members and communities we serve. Our Gender and Ethnicity Pay Gap Reports show that, like many organisations, we have more work to do to ensure all roles in our business are diverse. We have identified a range of actions to further close the pay gap in the coming year, as part of our broader efforts to address diversity and inclusion.

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