Edinburgh's responsible business framework


OneCity is about creating a more equal Edinburgh through responsible business actions and active citizenship.

The Lord Provost is driving forward this city-wide initiative to make it easier for businesses and employees to be involved in responsible business activities. This is supported by the Edinburgh Partnership and Edinburgh’s Social Inclusion Charity, One City Trust

The Responsible Business framework is being guided by the business expertise of the OneCity Consortium. For more information on the consortium, download the OneCity Consortium - terms of reference - PDF and OneCity Consortium - members' biographies - PDF.

Responsible business can be

  • social – have a positive impact on communities, and promote social change
  • economic – add to the economic development of an area
  • environmental – improve your local community or reduce the environmental impacts of your business.

How to get involved

Every business in the city, no matter how small or large, or in what field or sector, can get involved. Give a young person an opportunity; support your staff to get involved in volunteering; offer your skills and experience to new start up businesses. Be creative.

Find out what's going on

For young people 

Edinburgh Guarantee is one strand of activity to help all school leavers move into a job, training place or other positive destination.

For businesses

Our local Business Gateway team run free events and offers tailored services to help your business grow. The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce is also a good resource for information and inspiring events. You can also read about the business benefits in the Responsible Business profile below.

The Scottish Business Pledge is a partnership between the government and the business community. The Pledge has nine commitments which can help you grow a sustainable business.  These include paying the Living Wage and making a contribution to your local community.

For communities and volunteers

The Edinburgh Volunteer Centre has up-to-date lists of roles and volunteering jobs available.

If you need inspiration and motivation, or just want to talk about responsible business in more detail, contact us.

Download information on opportunities to connect with schools and young people

Download the responsible business profile - PDF

Corporate Social Responsbility

Telephone: 0131 529 4623