Five pillars of trust advocated to 200 business educators

Mike Smith, 31st annual Businet conference, Vilamoura, Portugal

Journalist and business author Michael Smith, representing Initiatives of Change, advocated five pillars of trust in the economy when he gave the opening keynote address to the 31st annual Businet conference on 9 November. Over 200 business educators, including professors, academics, lecturers and heads of departments, took part in the conference, held in Vilamoura, Portugal, 9 to 11 November. Businet, founded in 1994, is a 'global business education network' with 102 member organizations of higher education in 31 countries.

Unmasked - Corruption in the West

You are warmly invited to a TIGETalk on Tuesday 4 April. Laurence Cockcroft and Malini Mehra will speak on the theme of his new book, Unmasked: corruption in the West.

The School for Changemakers

School for Changemakers 2016

Luckily for the world, there are people out there who are pushing through all the negativity, fear mongering, and hatred that bombards us and using it as a springboard for change. Philippa Watts says that she was fortunate enough to meet some of these people this weekend at the School for Changemakers, run by Initiatives of Change. Krish Raval, Denny Braggins and their team pulled together 50 young people interested in social justice, and a whole spectrum of speakers and workshop leaders to motivate and inspire us.

TIGE Caux 2016 stories: Economy for the Common Good

TIGE participant

Tony Bradley, Director of the Social and Ethical Enterprise Development Centre at Liverpool Hope University, and Naomie Lucas, founder and CEO of Southern Wicked Beverages LLC, kicked off the first full day of the Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE) 2016 Conference on 6 July with a plenary on Economy for the Common Good.

Green Danes examine Pillars of Trust in the global economy

Participants at talk on Pillars of Trust in the global economy, Copenhagen, 28 May 2016. (Photo: Mike Smith)

Denmark is the world’s least corrupt country, according to the annual corruption perception index drawn up by the anti-bribery watchdog Transparency International. It is also one of the most environmentally aware nations. When 20 people met in the Initiatives of Change residential centre in Copenhagen on 28 May they looked at how to encourage the values that build trust in the economy.

Transforming communities in Manchester and Glasgow: ethical values in social entrepreneurship

Ian Monteague, Chair of Glasgow charity FARE (Family Action in Rotherfield and Easterhouse)

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Cheshire Campus, Crewe, hosts ‘inspirational’ TIGERoadshow, attended by social entrepreneurs, small business owners, students and academics

TIGE UK delivers ‘pillars of trust and integrity’ presentation to 500 MBA students in India

Audience at launching of Great Company at the Balaji Society Institute of Management in Pune by Yusuf Khan

Over 500 MBA students packed into a huge auditorium in Pune, India, to hear Michael Smith, Head of Business Programmes for Initiatives of Change in the UK and author of the book 'Great Company', speak about 'Pillars of trust and integrity' on 20 January. He was accompanied by Talia Smith from Initiatives of Change's Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy business programme, and Saurabh Gupta, Director of Communications for Initiatives of Change International, who is based in Pune. They were at the Sri Balaji Society, one of the industrial city's top MBA business schools.

Five pillars of trust highlighted at York St John University international social entrepreneurship conference

IofC UK’s business programme team delivered two workshops on ‘The five pillars of trust’ at York St John's Social Entrepreneurship conference, York, on 1 and 2 September 2015

IofC-UK’s business programme team delivered two workshops on ‘The five pillars of trust’ at York St John's social entrepreneurship conference, York, on 1 and 2 September 2015. The focus of the conference was on cross sector collaboration, seen as essential if the challenges faced by society are to be tackled successfully.

Conscience needed in banking and business, says author of new book

Mike Smith and Wendy Addison at the book launch of Great Company

Journalist and author Michael Smith urged the need for ‘conscience-based decision-making’ in banking, business and the economy when he launched his new book Great Company at the Caux Conference Centre in Switzerland, on 28 June. He was interviewed in front of conference participants by South African whistleblower Wendy Addison, whose story is one of many in the book, during the annual Caux conference on Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy (TIGE).

Boardrooms need to welcome and encourage feminine qualities, says Scilla Elworthy

Scilla Elworthy

Women in senior corporate and other leadership positions too easily 'begin to think and talk like men', says Scilla Elworthy, the founder of Peace Direct and the Oxford Research Group. Yet what are most needed are feminine qualities in boardrooms and corporate culture, including compassion, empathy and 'grace under pressure'.

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