Webinars and events​

Externally hosted events

Stimulating purposeful change

  • In this short video (15 mins), Dr Deborah Benson of the Directors Convention is in conversation with Sarah Gillard, CEO of Blueprint for Business. They briefly discuss Sarah’s former role as Director of Purpose for the John Lewis Partnership and go on to explore how to create a purpose led business that is better for people and planet.

Dean’s Series: Travelling through turbulence – What is the future for business?

Confronting crises on all fronts, running a business – whether it’s global or local, entrepreneurial or institutional – has never looked so hard.

Sarah Gillard, Blueprint CEO, joins Margaret Heffernan to discuss what does the future of business look like? Where are the new ideas and new forms of leadership fit for the 21st century?

Dean’s Series: Travelling through turbulence – What is the future for business?

Confronting crises on all fronts, running a business – whether it’s global or local, entrepreneurial or institutional – has never looked so hard.

Sarah Gillard, Blueprint CEO, joins Margaret Heffernan to discuss what does the future of business look like? Where are the new ideas and new forms of leadership fit for the 21st century?

indep audit event

Why your Board should be talking about your organisation’s purpose

An Independent Audit Webinar with Jeremy Small and Sarah Gillard discussing the importance of articulating your organisation’s purpose clearly across the board – key takeaways available here

Celebrating 10 years of Blueprint

Purpose - What challenges will the next 10 years bring?

On May 3rd 2022 Blueprint hosted an event to bid farewell to Charles Wookey and welcome our new CEO Sarah Gillard.

The evening included a panel moderated by Andrew Hill, FT, exploring the opportunities for purpose-led business in coming years, with panellists, Alison Rose CEO of NatWest Group, Professor Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School, Margaret Heffernan, Author, and Nilesh Dosa, Founder of icanyoucantoo.

Watch this event on Youtube

Purpose in practice - a Blueprint webinar series

Watch recent webinar series exploring how companies put purpose into practice.

Sustainability in a purpose-led business

Watch our panel event – Sustainability in a purpose-led business: evolving from a function to a mindset – discussing this shift.

Dee Corrigan is joined by three panellists, Julie Hirigoyen, (Chief Executive at UK Green Building Council and Blueprint Trustee), Kirsty Britz, (Director of Sustainable Banking, NatWest Group Plc), Ali Sheridan, (Sustainability and Climate Adviser / PhD Candidate).

Watch this webinar which was held on 29th April 2022

Valuing diversity and building bridges

Watch our panel event –  Valuing diversity and building bridges – A vulnerable and insightful conversation about diversity and allyship in business. 

Dee Corrigan is joined by panellists Samuel Okafor (NatWest), Alison Taylor (Ethical Systems) and Nick Dalton (Former Unilever) to discuss their experiences and share practical advice for others, before opening the discussion to attendees.

Watch this webinar which was held on 6th October 2021

What is a purpose-led strategy

Watch our panel event – What is a purpose-led strategy – discussing why strategy is key in delivering on a business’s purpose and how it benefits society.

Dee Corrigan is joined by by three panellists, Rebecca Marmot (Chief Sustainability Officer at Unilever), Oliver Holbourn (Director of Strategy & Ventures at NatWest), and Dominic Emery (Dominic Emery – Chief Of Staff at BP) who shared practical insights and their experiences leading on strategy in different organisations. 

Watch this webinar which was held on 25th November 2021

Purpose and everyday decision making

Hear Sue Garrard in conversation with Dee Corrigan discussing how purpose comes to life in organisations through the choices people make every day, drawing on her work with large multinational companies.

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Agitating for Change

Watch our panel event – Agitating for Change – hosted by Dee Corrigan with Jo Alexander, bp, Lydia Hascott, Finance Innovation Lab, and Rishi Madlani, NatWest Group who discuss how they facilitate and enable change within organisations, their experiences, and their practical advice for others, before opening the discussion to attendees. 

Watch this webinar which was held on 31st March 2021

Profit and purpose – in practice

Hear Alex Edmans in conversation with Dee Corrigan discussing the practical challenges businesses face, drawing on Blueprint’s engagements with FTSE 100 companies.

Watch this webinar which was held on 24th February 2021

Blueprint events:

What if business could help solve the greatest problems of our time?

Harvard Business School Professor, Rebecca Henderson speaks to Blueprint CEO Charles Wookey to discuss her new work, Blueprint’s role and how companies are putting purpose into practice. 

Watch this webinar which was held on  10 September 2020

Purpose for PLCs – Time for Boards to focus?

Charles chairs a discussion between Sir Ian Powell (Chair, Capita); Maaike de Bie (General Counsel and company secretary at easyJet and Trustee of A Blueprint for Better Business);  and Christopher Saul (former senior partner, Slaughter and May). Members of the working group who worked with Blueprint on our paper, they ask what purpose means in practical terms for boards and how can they assess progress?

Watch this webinar held on 16 September 2020

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How not to run an unfair business -
at the RSA

Held at the RSA on 5th March 2019 this panel explored what it means for a company to behave fairly, encouraging businesses to think harder about the issue and work towards fairer processes and outcomes. Chaired by Matthew Taylor, speakers included Onora O’Neill, Justin King, Jane Corbett and Charles Wookey.

Watch the event on-demand 

Download the paper

An introduction to Blueprint

We’ve put together a collection of videos which offer an accessible introduction to our work. We recommend these as an excellent place to start building an understanding of purpose and a great resource to share with others.

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Our work - Charles Wookey, Blueprint Trustee & former CEO

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What does it mean for business to be purpose-led?

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What does it mean to be a leader in a purpose-led business?

We have created a playlist of content from a range of external sources related to purpose-led business.