On the evening of March 5th 2019, The RSA and Blueprint join forces to explore the issue of fairness in business.

Join our expert panel and engage in the debate as we ask: how do companies make decisions; how do they think about the people those decisions impact; and where does fairness fit in?

The desire for fairness is a fundamental human attribute. But while we all agree that fairness is a good thing, are we clear on exactly what it means in practice?  If a company wanted to think more seriously about fairness, what questions should they be asking themselves and others?

Whether the issue is pay, tax, or environmental harm, it’s clear that many people feel companies are not playing fair, highlighting an ongoing public dis-ease with business. This underlines the importance of fairness to individuals and in society – but also raises a question about whether fairness is a core business goal.

Can business be judged as innately fair or unfair? Fairness so often involves balance and compromise between multiple stakeholders, and there are rarely simple solutions. Should we understand fairness as a choice businesses and leaders make – a choice that depends on how they see their role in society?

Chaired by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA, panelists will explore what it means for a company to behave fairly, encouraging businesses to think harder about the issue and work towards fairer processes and outcomes.