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Bringing purpose to life

Navigating the purpose eco-system

There are a myriad of organisations that provide resources you can draw on for further inspiration and help. Without seeking to create an exhaustive list, here are a few:

The approaches of these organisations and what they offer varies. Some focus on the need for legal and regulatory change, some offer leadership or other programmes and others offer certification programmes which help businesses to signal their aim to have a positive impact, and demonstrate that they are meeting a certain set of standards.

Organisations, including the following, provide benchmarks to challenge companies to meet the UN Sustainable development Goals:

And several others, many of whom are part of the Capitals Coalition, are seeking to redefine and change how we think about, measure and report value to help transform decision-making and to facilitate greater transparency and accountability. 

A number of people have sought to map the role these and others play in contributing to purpose-led businesses. These include:

PAS 808

In July 2022, a number of the organisations listed above, as well as representatives from some businesses such as KPMG, JLL and Anglian Water, were convened by the BSI to create PAS 808 for purpose-driven organisations to provide guidance to governing bodies and executive managers on what purpose is, how a purpose-driven organization (PDO) approaches decisions, and how it acts. It outlines the worldviews, principles and the associated behaviours and activities of a PDO and establishes common terms and definitions related to purpose. 

You can download an executive summary and the full PAS here: PAS 808 | BSI (