Tomorrow’s Ethics: What is the purpose of Business?

5:00pm - 6:30pm | £0.00

Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017

Time: 17.00-18.30

Venue: Corporate Hub and Room 402, Newcastle Business School, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST

In the second of the Tomorrow’s Ethics series, NIBE in conjunction with Newcastle Business School welcome Charles Wookey, CEO, A Blueprint for Better Business.

In today’s busy working environment where businesses are competing for customers and profit, is it possible for an organisation to have a purpose which serves society and respects the dignity of people?  The Blueprint movement says it can.

Charles will tell us about how the Blueprint movement challenges businesses to be a force for good and how the independent charity is a catalyst for change.  Championing their ‘Five principles of a purpose driven business’ and ‘A framework to guide decision making’ they set out at strategy for responsible businesses to follow, without compromising business practise.






Charles Wookey was one of the founders of Blueprint and a key contributor to the thinking behind the Blueprint approach which asserts that people are not solely self-interested and that business is not solely driven by profit.

Charles’s qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London and holds a BA in Physics and Philosophy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology from Merton College, Oxford. Charles worked as a senior research officer at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and as a Clerk at the House of Commons where he was Clerk to the Trade and Industry select committee.  He went on to become assistant general secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, where he was principal advisor to the Bishops on domestic public policy issues.

Charles is married with four children and lives in Brighton.

Event Format

Charles will give a talk followed by Q&A.

Who should attend?

The event will be of interest to those in the private, public and voluntary sectors who have responsibility for ethics/CSR in their organisation.  Also to leaders within organisations who are interested in responsible business.


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