Creating ethical leadership
On Business in the Community’s The Prince’s Seeing is Believing programme, leaders witness at first-hand the shocking, negative socio-economic impact of a preoccupation with profit. They also experience the positive impact that business can have on the lives of vulnerable people.
Since starting in 1990, the programme has taken 8,000 chief executives on visits across the UK to see and experience issues such as homelessness, alcoholism or youth unemployment. Those taking part, who have included bosses from Costain, KPMG, Greggs, Fujitsu, Barclays and Thames Water, feed back to HRH The Prince of Wales on the collaborative action they have taken.
In its Developing Responsible Business Leaders report, Ashridge Business School interviewed some of the programme’s participants. Researchers asked them about their early careers, role models, influencers and defining experiences to reveal how direct engagement with social issues has kick-started their drive to embed responsible business practice.