We meet quarterly and invite along expert speakers to address a particular theme or challenge at most meetings. We also put together ad hoc events in connection with report launches or major developments affecting the sector. Since 2005, we have heard from the following organisations and speakers.
Catherine is a Corporate Adviser at BitC, where part of her work involves inspiring companies to improve society through purpose-driven brands. She presented BitC's Purpose Toolkit.
Andrew White spoke to the Forum about corporate purpose, drawing on his academic research and ancient contemplative practices.
Charlie Beckett is founding director of POLIS, LSE's think tank for journalism and society. He spoke on the topic of fake news, filter bubbles and echo chambers. His presentation examined integrity in digital media and its impact on trust, and instigated discussion about how media companies can respond.
Anna Easton spoke to the Forum about BT's approach to incorporating the Sustainable Development Goals into its sustainability strategy.
Jeremy Oppenheim is Programme Director of the Commission tasked with catalysing business support for the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. He presented on the role of business in achieving the SDGs and findings from the Better Business, Better World report.
David Johnston, Chief Executive of the Social Mobility Foundation, briefed participants on the new Social Mobility Employer Index – a joint initiative from the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission. The Index aims to showcase firms improving social mobility in the UK by recruiting and progressing the best talent , regardless of their social background.
Kathryn Davies and Maisie Monroe, Programme Managers with The Sutton Trust, presented on how to develop sector-wide responses to promote social mobility.
Jenny Baskerville, Public Affairs Senior Manager & Social Mobility Lead at KPMG, gave an account of how the company has positioned itself to secure a more diverse intake of talent.
Dr Gus Hosein, Executive Director, Privacy International and Sophie Rahm, ESG Analyst, Schroders presented on data privacy and human rights, including findings from the report Why Investors Should Care about Data Security Risk.
Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth spoke about media’s role in addressing climate change.