Speech for Edelman Ergo at the launch of the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer
Speech to conference organised by the German Employers Federation: the BDI, the CBU (UK) and other European business representative organisations at the BDI HQ, Berlin, December 2016 on the role of business representative organisations in restoring trust in business
Inspired by our late founder and lead sponsor, Nigel Doughty, the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility has been mapping and tracking the myriad of organisations, initiatives and time-limited projects focused in some way on the renewal of capitalism. We identified more than 130, and have found many more since our mapping. Many of these highlight the need for businesses to have a societal purpose.
John Neill, executive chairman of the Unipart Group of Companies and a member of the Cranfield University School of Management’s Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility Advisory Council since its inception, is eloquent on the scale and range of impacts of the coming Digital Revolution.
This roundtable at ACTIS, on October 4th 2016, was led by Anita Hoffmann, Visiting Fellow, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility.
Being a tri-sector athlete is about moving comfortably between sectors and feeling empathy for each – its a combination of mindset and skills that help. For sustainability many of the leading companies are emphasising importance of collaboration, both with other sectors as well as international agencies, so it is a concept that is more important than ever.
In September 2016, A Blueprint for Better Business organised 2 events to further understand the role of ‘purpose’ within business.
The Panel Discussion on ‘Purpose and Performance’ was attended by around 150 business professionals, whilst the Academic Conference on ‘Organisations with Purpose’ (held in conjunction with London Business School & the LBS Leadership Institute) was attended by around 50 leading academics. I attended both events, and provided my personal reflections.
Eighteen months or so before the 2015 General Election, I suggested to a senior Government minister that the Conservatives should address the debates about the need to renew capitalism in the forthcoming election.