Written by Jo Alexander
By being honest with myself about the internal conflicts that I was feeling at work and by talking to trusted friends about this struggle, I found my way from the oil industry to On Purpose and A Blueprint for Better Business.
Inequality in the UK is increasing year on year; a fact highlighted in recent months by releases from Oxfam, the Resolution Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. These reports come as Philip Hammond is rumoured to be announcing a plan to ‘extend austerity’ in next week’s Spring Budget: policies estimated to hit the poorest the hardest.
The Purposeful Company: Policy Report – Blueprint Statement
A Blueprint for Better Business warmly welcomes the publication of The Purposeful Company: Policy Report. We are glad to have been involved as contributors in this important project.
The opening two sections of the report describe the core beliefs and aims. They also describe what a purposeful company is, and why purpose is so important. The essential point, which is foundational also for our work at Blueprint, is the recognition that a purposeful company is fundamentally oriented to serving society, and where profit is seen as the outcome not the purpose. As the report states: “The purposeful company contributes meaningfully towards human betterment and creates long term value for all stakeholders”. A company is more than a web of transactions. It is a human community whose flourishing depends on, and is partly constituted by, the quality of relationships with employees, customers, suppliers and wider society. Read More
A Blueprint for Better Business is seeking an experienced professional, with the appropriate experience, to drive forward our work with large corporates.
The key responsibilities as ‘Head of Corporate Relationships’ will involve maintaining our existing relationships within large corporate companies, and working closely with the Blueprint CEO in developing new relationships and contacts.
For more information see the attached job description.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to email@example.com
Closing date for applications: 17th March 2017
Appointment of Charles Wookey as full time CEO of A Blueprint for Better Business
The Trustees of Blueprint Trust feel that the charity is now in a position to be able to move forwards with a full time CEO to lead this important work. They have therefore appointed Charles Wookey as full time CEO, he has been part time CEO since 2014. Charles will take on the role full time from 1 March 2016.
“Charles has a passion to support businesses to work on a purpose that serves society, and alongside that to ensure that people can bring themselves to work and be valued. We are delighted that he has accepted the post as full time CEO of Blueprint. We know that with his wisdom and commitment Blueprint can indeed become a movement for change across the business sector”
Barbara Stocking, Chair of Trustees, Blueprint Trust
A report by The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) was released today. Entitled “Everyone’s Business: Making Business Work for All“. The report is timely as it reflects the mood that the social problems we face as a society require collaboration from all parts of society rather than an allocation of separate roles to government, business and society. Each contributes to, and draws from, the totality of society that sustains them.
It was encouraging to hear at the launch that a common theme of both the CSJ spokespeople and the invited Minister, Nick Hurd MP, was the message to business that “what they do matters” in creating a fairer society that includes dignity and social mobility. The call was to recapture the narrative about the broader good that business contributes to society rather than to allow the dominant narrative to be about the self interested people and businesses that disrespect people and use society for financial ends. With that position of influence, and encouragement, comes responsibility and the “how they go about their business” is something they should be, and should seek to be, judged by. Judged not just by society at large but also by the business community, as the strong evidence base that the report draws on shows that “not thinking about social responsibility harms your business “.