Business in the Community’s AGM and Leadership Summit event in Westminster, London, was held on the 23 November 2016. The event saw 350 business leaders, gathered in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales, to explore what responsible business in a digital age means for society.
The panel, made up of leaders from leading international and global businesses, discussed critical issues affecting businesses both large and small around the subject of digital transformation and specifically how businesses can ensure digital transformation is inclusive.
Issues discussed ranged from environmental impact, through to cyber security and the need increase productivity through technology. Questions from 'the floor' looked at ‘resisting the urge of chasing after the 'next thing' and making sure that real action is taken.
The event launched a new report by Business in the Community in partnership with Accenture, which explores the digital revolution in more depth, and encourages businesses to collaborate to help shape the very critical 'to-do list' that will ensure we deliver a digital future that is as inclusive as it can possibly be.
Speakers and panelists
- Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive, Business in the Community
- Peter Lacy, Global Managing Director, Growth, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture
- Robert Phillips, Co-Founder, Jericho Chambers
- Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President UK & Ireland, Veolia, Responsible Business of the Year 2016
- Sir Ian Cheshire, Chairman, Debenhams and Chair, Business in the Community, Environment Leadership Team
- Tosca Colangeli, UK & Ireland General Manager of Global Technology Services, IBM
- Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey and Chair, The Prince’s Seeing is Believing Programme
Antony Jenkins, Chairman, Business in the Community
Peter Lacy, MD, Growth, Strategy & Sustainability, Accenture
Amanda MacKenzie, CEO, Business in the Community
Panel disucssion - A Brave New World?
A time to reflect on our positive impact
The Summit also provided a great opportunity to hear first hand about some of the impactful work being undertaken here at Business in the Community and through our members and supporters aided by programmes such as Seeing Is Believing (SIB).
Established in 1990 by HRH The Princes of Wales, Seeing is Believing (SIB) was born from a simple but powerful idea – to close the gap between the boardroom and the community. Throughout the year, business leaders run SIB programmes across the country, and are joined by other business leaders who genuinely want to experience first-hand, the impact their organisations - products, services and staff, are having on local communities and their local environments.
During the panel debate, Vivian Hunt expressed a keen desire for all interested companies, whether you're a BITC member organisation or not, to seriously consider joining a SIB visit - highlighting that this is perhaps the most convincing way of seeing opportunities to put responsible business into action..
Ready for work
As the Summit drew to a close, guests were able to hear first-hand how the Ready for Work programme had transformed the life of one individual.
“ I'm now a great father, role model and living beyond my wildest dreams. ”
Ready for work is one of our national programmes. Through the programme, some of society's most disadvantaged people are able to enter employment, with business involvement every step of the way.