Podcast Series

Our podcast series explores the challenges and complexities of creating and running a purpose-led business. Speaking with influential leaders and change makers from across business and industry, the series features conversations which uncover the inner motivations of these visionary individuals, while exploring their invaluable experiences in leadership roles.

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In this final episode, Charles and Gillian Harrison, CEO of Whitefox Technologies explore radical changes in career direction, the reality of steering a company through tumultuous times and the power of instinct within decision making. 

In this episode, Charles is joined by Vincent Clancy – CEO of Turner & Townsend. Charles and Vince discuss the realities and challenges of embedding meaningful purpose in a global consultancy business with over 10,000 people in 48 countries 

In this episode Charles speaks to Mark Cutifani, former CEO, Anglo American. The conversation explores the realities of instilling a purpose-led approach in a complex organisation, whilst balancing challenging commercial goals. 

In this episode, Charles Wookey speaks to David Blood, co-founder and senior partner at Generation Investment Management. They explore the relationship between sustainability and purpose and how large organisations can move towards sustainability.

In the second episode of the series, Dame Alison Rose – CEO of Natwest Group – explores what leading a purpose-led organisation looks like, how she has worked to instil impact and value, and what she has learned in the process.

In the first episode of the series, Sarah Gillard, CEO of A Blueprint for Better Business meets with her predecessor Charles Wookey, to explore what purpose in business really looks like, what its critical success factors are and delves into what this series will seek to discover.

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In the latest episode of The Purposeful Strategist hosted by Belden Menkus, our CEO Sarah Gillard talks about how purpose is presenting business leaders with the biggest opportunity in the past 200 years.  Consumers, investors, regulators, and employees are looking to business to create profitable solutions to the problems of people and planet, not profit from creating those problems.

But how do you change business to serve society better, while still acknowledging the need to make money? Sarah discusses how Blueprint helps senior people in business change their businesses to serve society better, with profit as a necessary constraint and outcome.

She also discusses how Blueprint’s strategy has evolved to serve its purpose to create a better society through better business.

In this podcast hosted by Philippa White from TIE, our CEO Sarah Gillard and Philippa discuss:

  • What is the role of business in society?
  • How can people’s perception of that then impact their experience at work?
  • How does it then impact how a business shows up when it relates to all of its stakeholders and its long-term success?

Sarah draws on her 27 year experience of working in retail including at the John Lewis Partnership and Arcadia, and what we are learning from our work at Blueprint. 

Podcast: Considering Culture

As organisations navigate these times of unprecedented change, culture has never been more important. Because it’s the people in an organisation who have to work out how to make it thrive in the future. In this podcast discussion with Independent Audit Blueprint CEO Sarah Gillard,  discusses some key questions, including:

  • Is regulation a help or a hindrance in promoting positive cultural change?
  • How can the board get a genuine perspective on day-to-day culture?
  • How can the board approach the sensitive subject of remuneration?
  • What should boards consider when succession planning?
  • Authenticity in reporting: how much is too much?

Dee Corrigan interviewed on Baringa’s Climate and Sustainability Trailblazers podcast series

What is purpose, how do you get it and why is it important?

Dee Corrigan joins Sally Gray and Emily Farrimond to discuss the critical role of purpose in financial services firms, Blueprint’s work, what purpose means in terms of understanding the value your business delivers for society and why this work is so important now.

Listen to Baringa’s Climate and Sustainability Trailblazers podcast here: The importance of Purpose in meeting ESG goals

Blueprint Podcasts: The common good and the dignity of people:

Our Blueprint Framework sets out what the common good means in the context of business:

In this podcast Helen Alford explores further what we mean by goods and by the common good:

The dignity of people – just by virtue of being human, is central to our thinking. Our Blueprint Framework sets out what this means in the context of business:

In this podcast Helen explores Blueprint’s thinking about the human person:

About Helen:

Sister Helen Alford, is vice rector of Rome’s Pontifical University of St Thomas Aquinas, and a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. After working in industry and earning her PhD in engineering management from Cambridge University, Sister Alford entered the Dominicans and studied theology. She teaches Catholic social doctrine, business ethics and corporate responsibility. Sister Alford has been involved in Blueprint as a advisor since the charity was founded in 2012.