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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Tony Manwaring, Chief Executive, Tomorrow’s Company
Robert Swannell, Chairman, Marks & Spencer plc
Mark Goyder, Founder Director, Tomorrow’s Company
Penny McLoughlin, Executive Director, CIMA