What will it take to make tomorrow better than today? And where do we even start? In 2021 we held an inquiry to explore these questions, asking board members, youth leaders, environmentalists, creatives, economists, and other subject matter experts, one deliberately broad question: “What is the role of business in creating a fairer future for all?”
Leaders care about many different things — that much is obvious. But, after engaging with a wide cross-section of decision makers, what’s even more obvious is that a few key themes linger in most leaders’ minds:
In this report, we dive deeper into these themes, exploring what needs to change to enable business leaders to create a fairer future.
Director, Board Intelligence Think Tank
Many thanks to our core contributors who chaired the roundtable discussions and were interviewed as part of the research:
Chair, Peabody, the Centre for Public Scrutiny; President-Elect, the Local Government Association
Chair, Riverford Organic, Yeo Valley Farms, Sawday’s; NED, Kew Gardens, Inspired Energy, IOP Publishing
Chair, Family Business Matters, Western Pension Solutions, St. Leonard’s Hospice; NED, ITP
Founder & Executive Chair, BGF; NED, Intermediate Capital Group
Deputy Chair, the Financial Services Culture Board; Former General Secretary, the Trades Union Congress
Member of the House of Lords; Former NED, Stellantis, Barclays, St James’s Place
Chair, Virgin Money, Allfunds; NED, PayPal (Europe), the Department for Work and Pensions
CEO, the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Co-Founder, ESG Validation
Co-Founding Director, Chapter Zero; Chair, CareSourcer, EBS; NED, Uber UK, Moonpig, The Rank Group,
Our research was launched on 9 December 2021 at a webinar featuring Stephen Welton, executive chair of BGF, Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, chair of Refuge and CEO of Ploughshare Innovations, and Lizzie Beale, board member at The Careers and Enterprise Company — and you can watch the discussion below.
What does a fairer future bring to the mind of UK leaders? Visual minutes by Blanche Illustrates capture the thoughts and emotions of the roundtables conducted as part of the research.
Hear a different perspective from thinkers not usually found in boardrooms, about what it takes to create a fairer future.