In the last of her four discussions with writer and consultant on responsible business Tom Levitt, Linda Lewis probes further into what it means to be a responsible and sustainable business in the 21st century. The two discuss what it is that engages employees within a business setting, the growing phenomenon of “social enterprise”, and how such businesses differ from the mainstream. The role of “purpose” in business is explored; as is the changing nature of investment, which is increasingly being used to support businesses in creating positive social and environmental outcomes. The discussion is further explored from a historical perspective – what can we learn from hindsight that could improve business today?
Linda Lewis and former Labour MP Tom Levitt are back for their third discussion in a series inspired by Tom’s latest book, ‘The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community’. In this episode, they discuss how business can be a force for good both in combating hunger and in the better management of resources through the “circular economy”. Tom shares how he came to write the book, why engaging with smaller businesses is crucial to the cause and how Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, has emerged as a leader of the responsible and sustainable business movement.
In the first episode of this brand new series, Linda Lewis is joined by Tom Levitt: author, former Labour MP and consultant on responsible business. They discuss Tom’s latest book, The Company Citizen: Good for Business, Planet, Nation and Community, and why tackling the challenges of climate change, hunger and poor health makes sense in the long run for modern businesses – both within their companies and more broadly. Can business help change the future of climate change and human rights? Tom talks about why he thinks it can be done if businesses fully embrace a simple concept: long-term thinking.