Purposeful Business in Policy, Practice and Business Education: September 2021 Purpose Summit and Report Launch

Wednesday 22 September 2021

Thursday 23 September 2021

Friday 24 September 2021

Purposeful Business in Policy, Practice and Business Education

Over the last four years, the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation programme has brought together talented groups of academics, business leaders, investors, civil society leaders and policymakers to explore how business can solve problems for people and the planet. The programme has given unrivaled attention to the questions around how purpose can be placed at the heart of business through policy, practice and business education.

We invite you to join us to hear our conclusions and discuss the role of policy, practice and business education in firmly embedding purpose in the way business operates. Please register to join us for the launch of our third and final report, Policy and Practice for Purposeful Business, and a series of discussions on adapting business education to purpose.

Register now to receive a copy of the Future of the Corporation report, updates on the line-up, reminders and details of the recordings after the event concludes. By registering you will receive updates for the whole event.

Connection details: the event will be hosted on the British Academy website, no password, special software or code is required and you will receive a link to connect to the event 24 hours before it starts.  If you have any access requirements, please notify us on the registration form.

Report launch event

Launch of "Policy and Practice for Purposeful Business"

Wednesday 22 September 14:00-15:30 BST

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The conclusion of the Future of the Corporation programme sets out how to embed purpose in the heart of business through a set of proposals brought together for the first time. The report highlights the extraordinary opportunity presented by the groundswell of innovation in how business can become more purposeful. The proposals it brings forward identify the accountability and implementation mechanisms that will be required to bring about a shift to purposeful business.

Welcome: Professor Julia Black PBA, President, The British Academy
Introduction: Professor Colin Mayer FBA, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Said Business School, University of Oxford

Keynote: The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Secretary of State, Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Moderator: Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson, US Business Editor, Financial Times


Mark Babington, Executive Director for Regulatory Standards, The Financial Reporting Council
Lord Karan Bilimoria, President, The Confederation of British Industry
Julia Hoggett, Chief Executive, The London Stock Exchange
Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction
Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Board Governance & Sustainability, CalPERS

Panel discussions

Adapting Business Education to Purpose

A series of discussions on how business teaching can adapt to the changes taking place in business itself. With the business leaders of tomorrow emerging from a spectrum of courses, it is crucial that the concepts of purposeful business are embedded in how business is taught in a range of settings. Over three sessions, we will explore the role of specialist business teaching at business schools, the role of the professions, and the role of non-business courses.

Thursday 23 September: 11:00-12:00 BST – How can the professions integrate purposeful business into qualifications and practice?

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Moderator: Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen, President, The British Accounting and Finance Association


Sophia Adams Bhatti, Head of Strategy and Policy, Simmons-Wavelength
Richard Gillingwater, Chair, Janus Henderson
Sharon Machado, Portfolio Head of Business Reporting, The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Tan Suee Chieh, Immediate Past President, The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

Thursday 23 September: 15:00-16:00 BST – How can universities integrate purposeful business into teaching and the student experience?

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Moderator: Dr Molly Morgan Jones, Director of Policy, The British Academy


Tim Chapman, Director of Infrastructure Design, ARUP
Professor Jonathan Grant, Professor Public Policy at the Policy Institute, King’s College London
Bruno Roche, Founder & Executive Director, Economics of Mutuality
Arshiya Sawhney, Economics Undergraduate Student, University College London
Jo Swinson, Director, Partners for a New Economy

Friday 24 September: 11:00-12:00 BST – How can business schools integrate purposeful business into teaching and research?

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Moderator: Andrew Jack, Global Education Editor, Financial Times


Professor Julia Balogun, Dean of the Management School, University of Liverpool
Caryn Beck-Dudley, President and Chief Executive, The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, The Chartered Association of Business Schools
Dan LeClair, Chief Executive, The Global Business School Network
Professor Mette Morsing, Head of Principles for Responsible Management Education, UN Global Compact

Partners and supporters

The British Academy would like to thank the following partners and supporters for their support of the Future of the Corporation programme.

If you would like more information about becoming a partner or supporter of the programme, please contact Michelle Waterman, Head of Development on 020 7969 5290.

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