IAN COULTER Former New Ventures Director, Coca-Cola Europe The honesty and impact of workplace conversations depend not only on the words we choose but whether we choose to say anything at all. Sometimes it’s the things that are left unspoken which have the power to change the way things are done. Ian Coulter, former New Ventures Director, Coca-Cola Europe, suggests that the courage it takes to voice concerns – when others remain silent – is often revealing, and also rewardin
LOUGHLIN HICKEY Former Global Head of Tax, KPMG Most of us would hope that being part of an organisation brings out the best in us, but there is a sense that some workplaces tend to diminish rather than develop people’s character and contribution. Loughlin Hickey, former Global Head of Tax at KPMG, suggests that structure and competition can have an overriding effect on what we believe, and how we behave.
AMEET SHAH Specialist Advisor, Europa Partners Accountability surely means taking responsibility for what’s right, not just what’s in our remit or within the rules. A common statement is that "I know it’s wrong, but I’m not paid to care.” Ameet Shah, specialist advisor, Europa Partners, believes the emphasis should be more on people than processes, and intuition over instruction. This means empowering individuals to care about actions and outcomes and to question corporate co
DAVID McCULLOUGH CEO, Royal Voluntary Service Does vulnerability mean weakness? In her book Daring Greatly, Brené Brown describes it as “daring to show up and let ourselves be seen.” For David McCullough, CEO of Royal Voluntary Service, this means not only being open about what you are doing, but sharing your belief in why. When we know what leaders truly believe, and where they are heading, trust can flourish and connections deepen - with each other and with our sense of com
JOHN ROSLING CEO Contexis If businesses think purpose is about doing good, maybe they are confusing it with CSR. Contexis CEO John Rosling is clear about the distinction, and that placing the interests of people and planet at the heart of an organisation not only aligns with commercial performance but actually drives it. #film
Listening to people outside our ‘bubble’ can also help to build deeper relationships with colleagues, and cultivate a happier environment to work in. “The answers don’t sit with the strategy team,” says Derek Browne, CEO and founder of Entrepreneurs in Action (EiA). “If you want real insights, you’ve got to look in different places.” EiA runs enterprise-based interactive programmes designed to motivate and inspire young people, through business, to be more employable and entr
What if all this effort is for nothing? What if nothing changes. If nobody cares and the world carries on just as if me and my precious plans to change the world never bloody existed. I'm completely irrelevent? In fact why are you wasting my time? After nearly 2 years work this is an alarming thing to consider. And I feel it. I feel both passionate about the Eth Word and at the same time afraid that it fits nicely into the “worthy but actually crap” category. “We love what yo
Millennial students say companies need to adapt to changing consumer expectations about their contribution to society. A team of final year Business Studies students at the University of Portsmouth, working on a Business Consultancy Project with The Eth Word, believe that social responsibility plays an increasing role in the choices people make about the products they buy and the places they want to work. Sam Valdes, a third year BA (Hons) Business and Management student, say