Nov 2012

2012 lectures: Business success through integrity

CIMA and Tomorrow’s Company held their annual parliamentary reception at the House of Lords, at which Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks & Spencer, delivered an impassioned speech on how businesses must act with integrity to ensure success in the long-term.

Robert addressed an audience of around 150 business leaders on the importance of ethical behaviour at a time when there is declining trust in the financial and political world, and a toxic debt of USD220 trillion held by US banks.

He emphasised the importance of Marks and Spencer’s ‘plan A’, which has been created to cement the company’s position as the world’s most sustainable retailer by 2015. Marks and Spencer have already ensured they are now carbon neutral.

Robert discussed how his organisation’s clear stance on deeper values, integrity, sustainability in business and 'doing the right thing' helps them to recruit, and retain, the very best talent. He also called for organisations to pay more attention to their corporate culture as business seeks to repair the damage from the financial crisis.

CIMA Executive Director Penny McLoughlin closed the event by highlighting the need for managers to have a 360 degree view of the value drivers of their company and the importance of non-financial value.

The event was covered by the Daily Telegraph.

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Opening speeches

Lord Haskel

Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Company

Keynote speech

Robert Swannell, Chairman, Marks & Spencer plc


Mark Goyder, Founder Director, Tomorrow’s Company

Closing remarks

Penny McLoughlin, Executive Director, CIMA