Our purpose

We support SMEs to be a force for good. Through workshops, masterclasses and expert mentoring, we help you take your first steps towards making responsible business a meaningful part of your work. Our foundation programme will help you look at how your business can support your local community, reduce your environmental impact, build a more diverse workforce and look after your employees’ wellbeing – and we’ll help you put it all into a strategy that’ll help your business succeed!

What is responsible business?

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Call it responsible business, corporate social responsibility, purpose or social impact. Some companies make central to their work a positive impact on people, places and the planet. Businesses might do this by supporting local charities, developing more ethical products and services, reducing their environmental impact and/or embracing wellbeing and diversity in their workforce. The potential actions a company can take are many and varied. But underlying them all is a commitment to be a responsible business that sits at the core of what a company does and how it does it.

Ambassadors

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We’re supported by responsible business professionals from a wide range of big businesses. These ambassadors provide their responsible business expertise by hosting events, speaking at our workshops, writing resources and mentoring our members.

Governance

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Andy Melia
Interim Director
Grace Shotbolt
Communications Manager
Kate Finnis
Membership Manager
Laura McCullough
Operations Officer
Mona Vadher
Stakeholder Manager
Natalie Tickle
Head of Membership
Sally Bartolo
Membership Manager
Andrew Bailey
Governor Bank of England
Catherine McGuinness
Chair of Policy and Resources City of London Corporation
Charles Jacobs
Senior Partner Linklaters
Charles Randell CBE
Chair Financial Conduct Authority
Dame Sarah Mullally
Bishop of London Church of England
Dhruv Patel OBE
Chair City Bridge Trust
Edward Braham
Senior Partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ian Caswell
Chief Executive Officer Sapphire Systems
Laura Hinton
Executive Board Member and Head of People PricewaterhouseCoopers
Lord Clement-Jones
Chairman Queen Mary University of London
Melissa Fogarty
Joint Head of Corporate London Partner Clifford Chance
Nick Owen
Chairman, UK and Switzerland Deloitte
Paul Manduca
Chair TheCityUK
Paul Plewman
CEO EMEA & Head of CMG EMEA Macquarie Group
Peter Harrison
Group Chief Executive Schroders
Peter Vernon
Group Executive Director Grosvenor
Richard Hardie
Senior Adviser UBS AG
Simon Mackenzie-Smith
Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking, UK Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Sir Harvey McGrath
Chairman Heart of the City
Susan Bright
Regional Managing Partner - UK and Africa Hogan Lovells
The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London
co-President Heart of the City
Tiina Lee
CEO, UKI Deutsche Bank
Tom Heylen
London Managing Partner DLA Piper UK
Anthony Impey MBE
Founder & CEO Optimity
Arjan Van Den Berkmortel
Head of Business Banking, London Region HSBC
Carmen Whitelock
Head of Digital Channels and Content Marks and Spencer
Fiona Clark
Practice Director David Miller Architects
Giles French
External Affairs Director City of London Corporation
Linda Barnard
Senior Staff Counsellor Bank of England
Nick Turner
Founder and Managing Partner Stratforma
Rachel Engel
Associate Director Macquarie Group Foundation, EMEA
Rob Powell
Director, Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Sir Harvey McGrath
Chairman Heart of the City
Alkis Tsikardonis
CR Manager EMEA InterContinental Hotels Group
Anish Shah
Vice President of EMEA Community Affairs Morgan Stanley
Emma Cooke
Head of Citizenship Herbert Smith Freehills
Jan Phayre
Head of CR Sapphire Systems
Jo Goddard
Sustainability Director and Founder Green & Good Consulting
Jo Westhead
Kate Hursthouse
Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager Slaughter and May
Sam McCarthy
Sustainability Manager Nando's
Sarah Turner
Head of Organisational Effectiveness Grosvenor Britain

Our values

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We’re a small, friendly team. We have a flexible approach to guiding our members through our programme, and our events are welcoming and encouraging.

We forge good connections, sharing the experiences of our members and ambassadors to give everyone the opportunity to have a positive impact. We’re committed to bringing our members a great programme – we actively seek feedback and run our own responsible business programme to practice what we preach.

We’re ambitious. We adapt our services to reach new industries and we challenge ourselves to keep our programme relevant to companies and their changing needs.

We’re practical. We make sure members always leave our events with ideas they can put into action and our support is grounded in the real work and experiences of our members and ambassadors.

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