Standing up for basic human values – dignity, respect, equity and compassion – is not only a moral duty, it is a business imperative. Societies in which power is abused and whole groups are marginalised are less stable, less predictable, and suffer from lost human potential. Inclusion, empowerment and unity create a far better environment for companies to thrive. A growing number of people, as employees, consumers and citizens, expect their corporate leaders to take a stand.
A system in which too many people feel as though they are not participating, will ultimately rebel against itself.
How we promote Inclusive Societies
Campaigns and advocacy
We champion a just transition to a low-carbon future, which protects the communities at the forefront of the change, whether smallholder farmers in Africa or coal mining communities in the United States. We are active across a range of human rights issues, from striving to end vaccine apartheid to working for the abolition of the death penalty. My wife Kim and I set up the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust to support thousands of visually impaired young people in Africa, and I chair the Valuable 500, which aims to catalyse disability inclusion across the private sector.More on the Valuable 500
Getting off the sidelines
Speaking up against human rights abuses can be uncomfortable territory for C-Suites, but it is vital for protecting the powerless and taking on the vested interests blocking progress towards a safer and more equitable world. From calling out greenwashing to speaking up against dangerous ideology, business cannot be a silent bystander in the societies which give it life.Read Paul’s newsletter for more
New Climate Economy call to COP27 for Climate Action and Justice
NCE sets out how global leaders can boost growth and resilience for all, by stepping up climate action and solidarity with vulnerable communities