(1) Ethics & Sustainability-Developing Profitable Growth-Focused Businesses – 2 x morning seminars

Loading Map....

Date(s) - 21/06/2016
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Excalibur, Swindon

Categories No Categories

Business against Poverty is a Business Enterprise that drives: profitable ethical, sustainable growth for the benefit of its members and society. Its funds drive the humanitarian work of the charity People against Poverty.

“By adopting this model a small SME with up to 6 employees and turnover of up to £1 million pounds could in principle increase its profits over three years by 51%”


Seminar Objectives:

Business against Poverty seminars in Ethics & Sustainability within business will equip you with a clear understanding and concrete tools to design a business model leading to the creation of a sustainable growth business as well as contributing to a better world through sound business and social entrepreneurship.


Seminar 1 (June) : Ethics and Sustainability in Business: Establishing the Principles

Where internal motivation meets external necessity (click for full details)

Date(s) – 21/06/2016
8:30 am – 2:00 pm

This 1st seminar will cover:

  • Examples of ethics in business including a guest speaker James Phipps of Excalibur
  • Ethics from first principles and why ethics in business is a good idea
  • Reference frameworks for ethics
  • Understanding why ethics is not always as clear-cut as one might imagine
  • The relevance of ethics to business in general
  • Guidance on how to establish ethical priorities in business
  • How to the main issues for your business ethics policy
  • The relationship between ethics and sustainability in business
  • Sustainable development principles and why these can be relevant to business
  • Group discussions

The seminar will again consist of a mix of informative presentations and guided discussions, with more emphasis upon the latter.

Seminar 2 (July) : Ethics and Sustainability in Business: The Business Case & Principles of Implementation

The theory in practice (Click for full details)

Date(s) – 05/07/2016
8:30 am – 2:00 pm

This second seminar will cover:

  • Ethics and Sustainability case studies from guest speakers Graham Massey, The House and Huw Davies, Triodos Bank
  • The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan
  • Overview of the principles of ethics and sustainability
  • How to go about planning the implementation of your business’s ethics and sustainability policy
  • Breakout groups: Coming up with a stage 1 Action Plan for your business
  • Group discussion: what indicators and targets would you use to monitor the implementation of a business ethics and sustainability policy?

These will be followed by a moderated question-and-answer session, with a guided discussion to finish.

Who should attend:

Business against Poverty members, Growth Business Owners, Directors, Entrepreneurs or Future Entrepreneurs, Marketing and HR professionals, Business Coaches

The seminars will cover:

  • UK/EU policies on sustainability and how these are implemented
  • How this affects business performance and viability taking into account the economic,  social and environmental risk factors
  • Techniques for planning a sustainable business
  • Experience of business leaders in the issues discussed, the advice that they can offer to other businesses and how sustainable business contributes to poverty alleviation

Guest Speakers

jamesphipps-excaliburSeminar 1 ( June 21st) – James Phipps, Excalibur. James Phipps is the CEO and owner of Excalibur, a Swindon-based company that specialise in IT & Unified Communications. Excalibur provide their services to more than 6000 companies predominantly in the South West and have experienced unprecedented growth under James’s leadership. James has grown up in Swindon and has had many roles in the community in recent years, including being Governor for several schools and a Board Member and mentor for Young Enterprise and the Swindon and Wiltshire LEP. He achieved the Wiltshire business person of the year award two years running and is known in the locality for hisextensive work with charities and not for profit organisations. James champions a socially minded approach to business that delivers tangible company benefits.  Excalibur is a leading communication provider and trusted advisor to over 5500 customers.

James will be speaking on how Excalibur converts a personal conviction and a passion for ethics into a business model.

Graham Massey 2016Seminar  2 ( 5 July 2016) – Graham Massey, The House.  Graham Massey is co-‐founder and Business Head of The House, a Bath based brand agency that exists to make business and brand a force for good. His passion is getting to heart of organisations to create values-­‐led cultures that are deeply rooted in purpose.

The House helps businesses unlock their potential by defining and communicating the core purpose that drives everything they do. Graham works with senior business leaders to identify and instil the values and behaviours that bring purpose to life, build trust and drive out performance. In doing so, he draws on his past business experience as MD of a listed leisure operator, two decades of agency experience with The House and years of training with the Barrett Values Centre, for which he is an accredited practitioner.

Graham will be speaking on the subject of purposeful business and how purpose has shaped the strategic growth of The House. Ten years ago, The House transformed its own business by putting purpose at its heart. Today, it is an award-­‐winning agency full of committed people who believe in the positive power of business and brand.


Huw Davies, (5th July 2016) Head of Retail Banking, Triodos Bank – Huw Davies is Head of Huw Davies (3)Retail Banking, with responsibility for personal/business banking product and pricing, sales and marketing, customer experience, and the contact centre. Prior to joining Triodos, Huw worked for 11 years at Nationwide Building Society, where since 2007 he was savings product marketing controller, with responsibility for product development, pricing, and customer proposition development. During his time at Nationwide he also worked on mortgages, and general insurance. Huw has a post-graduate diploma in marketing, he has taught English in southern India, and is passionate about realising the potential of money to do good.

Huw will be talking on the bank’s mission and business model, which focuses on putting money to work for positive change, and developing strong communities in the process.  Triodos Bank’s customers include micro-finance banks in developing countries, innovative fair trade enterprises, social housing providers, organic farmers – and more.

Course presenters:

BilBillHuxleyl Huxley – Founder Director of Business against Poverty.  Bill has served at executive level in Industry for over 30 years before coming the Chair of Trustees of the charity People against Poverty and the founder of Business against Poverty. Bill is also a qualified and accredited Therapeutic Councillor and a member of The National Counselling Society and registered on the Government accredited scheme the ‘National Voluntary Register ‘.  In addition he is qualified as a Life Coach and was accredited by the Association of Coaches. He has served in Hong Kong, South Africa, Romania, Tanzania and had business interest at home and         the USA.  Special interests: People, Business, Ethics and sustainability, Mental Health, Business Development, Poverty, Charity and Social Enterprise.


Stuart Brown: Head of Ethics and Sustainability, Business against Poverty. Stuart has worked as an international consultant on projects for 37 countries including the UK and most of Europe including Romania, South America, the Middle East, Central Asia and South-East Asia. As a high-level policy adviser for the United Nations he has spoken at international forums on cross-sector policy coherence and how this relates to ethics and sustainability. Since 1999 he has run his own international consulting business specialising in environmental policy and its implementation.




Bookings are closed for this event.

Share Button