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Appointment of Charles Wookey as full time CEO

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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

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Making Business Work for All

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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 “.

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Mission-Led Business

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The Government’s mission-led business review started out with a narrow definition of a ‘mission-led business’ as a subset of mainstream business.  What is very exciting from the report published today, is to see how their own consultation led to a broadening of the agenda, ending up with a healthy recognition that there is an emergent mission-led business movement occurring across the UK, and of businesses of all sizes.

The report notes the increasingly important role of business generally in addressing social and environmental challenges in the 21st century. It very helpfully recognises both the crucial importance of government, and at the same time the inherent limitations of law and regulation. It rightly calls for government, private sector and civil society to work together in a focussed effort to promote a lasting change in mainstream business culture. Government needs to encourage the work that many companies are doing as well as highlighting unacceptable practices. We need to shift the default so businesses see profit as the outcome of living out a purpose that serves society, rather than the sole aim. Advancing this change in expectations is one that mainstream business can and must lead. We have found that major companies  seek out Blueprint voluntarily to be a mirror from society to help catalyse their moves towards putting social goals at the heart of their way of working and thinking. Such leadership from within business needs to be encouraged.

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Academic Conference Summary

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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.

Professor David Grayson from Cranfield School of Management was in attendance at both events, and has provided an account of his personal reflections. Read it here.

A summary of the papers presented at the Academic Conference can be downloaded here. 

 

For more leading thinking, read about our work with Academics and check out our other Research & Reports.
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A Blueprint for Better Business – October Newsletter

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Purpose & Performance

On 15 September 2016, a Blueprint for Better Business convened a panel discussion with top academics to explore the link between purpose and performance. The panel was chaired by Andrew Hill (FT) and was attended by around 150 business professionals. The event included London Business School Professors Alex Edmans and Ioannis Ioannou, Plymouth Business School Associate Professor Victoria Hurth, and Professor of Economics & Business Ethics at Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Professor Helen Alford.

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