The British Council and the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, University invite you to the launch of new research and a panel discussion on: Corporations, business and social trust. At a time when nationalism is rising and support for democratic values is declining, it is vital to re-assess the forces that shape social trust globally. This event will shed light on what is often missed and the potentially significant role that private sector institutions play in influencing social trust. Dialogue at this event will feed into both the British Council’s work in social enterprise globally and the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation programme.

 

Programme: The event will feature the launch of new research on this topic from the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. The findings of this research, which will be debated at this dialogue, suggest that while corporations and businesses more generally are increasingly influential in determining how much citizens trust one another, they appear to be largely overlooked in literature and studies of social trust. This topic is key for the British Council which exists in order to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

 

Agenda

09.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome and opening remarks by Christopher Wade, Global Director of Strategy and Marketing, and Paula Woodman, Head of Social Enterprise, at the British Council

10.20 Research launch: the corporation, business and social trust by Dr Nikolas Kirby, Research Fellow in Philosophy and Public Policy, Director, Building Integrity Programme, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

10.40 A discussion among expert panellists including: Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive at Social Enterprise UK, Nikolas Kirby, Research Fellow in Philosophy and Public Policy at The Blavatnik School of Government, Lucy Parker, Partner at Brunswick group, Future of the Corporation steering group, Harvey Koh, Managing Director at FSG global impact consultancy

11.20 Q&A from audience

12.00 Closing remarks

 

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