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Take-aways from the C&E Advisory Breakfast Dialogue, 24th June 2020

Covid-19 has shown that no one sector has the monopoly on doing good. It’s no longer sufficient for NGOs to view themselves as the “good guys” and to define themselves as operating in narrow swim lanes - working on exclusively “social” or “environmental” issues. Similarly, purpose-led businesses need to transform around the ESG agenda.

Takeaways from the C&E Advisory Breakfast Dialogue, 4th June 2020.

Covid-19 – the great disruptor - has accelerated an imperative that organisations in all sectors now face: how to draw on the power of digital and tech to address their social, environmental and commercial challenges and opportunities – including their sustainability and SDG related goals.

See here for summary Q&A of Manny Amadi, C&E CEO in conversation with of Ullah Cain of Red Badger on putting purpose at the heart of business. Or this edited video version.

See here for a relevant piece by Forbe’s Aviva Wittenberg-Cox.

See here for a release about Manny Amadi, C&E CEO joining the Advisory Board of Red Badger.

The outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact on the world we know seems impossible to overstate.

Despite weeks of anticipation and business continuity planning, the physical, financial, psychological, practical and emotional tsunami of the pandemic has threatened to overwhelm governments, international agencies, business and civil society organisations across the west, with fears for what might lie ahead for more fragile parts of the global ecosystem.

It seems very likely that private-civil partnerships will continue to grow in importance; a trend evidenced by surveys including the C&E Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer. How then can we encourage more holistic and effective private-civil partnerships that recognise a wider set of value creating points for different stakeholders – and optimise such value for all?

The freedom and space for individuals and organisations to share ideas, promote social cohesion, and advance shared interests – civil society space – is vital to flourishing societies that value diverse voices. The rules of law and freedom of expression not only underpin human rights, they also underpin stable environments in which business and society thrive.

Transformative thinking and action requires transformative thinking and action, not more of the ‘same old same old’.  This sounds obvious, but as the story below will demonstrate, sometimes ‘old habits die-hard’ and established views and biases are regarded as ‘truths’ rather than views and perspectives, that could and should be re-examined and challenged as organisations, markets and the landscape continues to evolve.

Takeaways from the C&E Breakfast Dialogue, Tuesday 17 April 2018.

In his January 2018 letter to CEOs Larry Fink of Blackrock observes that “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose” and argues that “without a sense of purpose, no company, either public or private, can achieve its full potential.

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