The Lens – UK Responsible Business Podcast
MICHAEL MAISEY: From young offender to inspirational mentor – Ban the Box
In this special one-off episode of The Lens Podcast, we listen to Michael Maisey, Founder of The CIP Project, who is speaking at a Business in the Community event. Michael tells of his traumatic childhood, his life as a young offender, how kindness turned his life around, and he shares his calls to action for business about how they can break down barriers to employment.
If you’re thinking, what’s just one thing my business could do to help someone like a young Michael . . . sign up to Business in the Community’s Ban the Box initiative. We’re simply asking you to remove the first criminal conviction check box from the initial job application,and ask these questions later in the recruitment process. More than one million job roles are now more accessible to people with criminal convictions from those companies that have signed up to Ban the Box. Yours can too. Visit www.bitc.org.uk/BanTheBox
6. MARY MACLEOD: Visioning the future of responsible business in the UK28:44In this special one-off episode, we meet with Business in the Community’s new Chief Executive, Mary Macleod to discuss the future of responsible business in the UK. With a plethora of challenges for business, how can businesses not just survive, but thrive and fully meet these challenges for the benefit of people and the planet?Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens with Mary Macleod, Chief Executive of Business in the Community.
5. BISHOP FLEMING and RECKITT Building a responsible business culture32:30Building a responsible business culture This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Pippa Clarke, Chair and Partner at Bishop Fleming Chartered Accountants – experts in accounting, audit, tax, and advisory needs; and Hamzah Sarwar, Global Social Impact and Partnerships Director at Reckitt – a multinational consumer goods company that produces health, hygiene and nutrition products. In this episode, Sarah and her guests explore how businesses can build a responsible business culture, how are guests are using their personal passions for people to create workplaces that are agile and creative; places where people want to come to work every day.
4. NEXBA and TAILORED FOOD: Exploring the Ethics and Responsibilities of the Food and Drink Industry32:42This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Troy Douglas, Founder of drinks company Nexba. The company is taking the world by storm and has already removed more than 5 billion grams of sugar from global diets, and it’s just getting started. Our second guest is Taylor Quinn of Tailored Foods, whose ambition is to be a key catalyst in ending hunger by 2030 by building delicious, nutritious, low-cost food systems around the world. In this episode, Sarah and her guests explore the world of responsible food and drink, how the ingredients we use, or don’t use, impact the health and wellbeing of nations, how those living in areas of severe deprivation are benefitting from the work of our guests, and what’s next innovation in these sectors.
3. ENCIRC: Climate change and environmental action to achieve net zero by 205031:43This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Adrian Curry, Managing Director of glass manufacturer, Encirc, and Wen-Yu Weng, Principal Consultant of Energy and Utilities Practice, PA Consulting.In this episode, Sarah and her guests explore how businesses are addressing the pressing issues of climate change and environmental degradation as the UK heads towards meeting its goal of net zero by 2050. In this episode, we will explore environmental sustainability and climate action. The UK has committed to achieving net zero by 2050, but many scientists are saying that we are not scared enough about the implications of global warming. With that in mind, how are businesses taking practical action and innovating to make a difference.Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens.
2. FORD: Responsible supply chain management and sustainability35:46This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Lisa Brankin, Managing Director, Ford Britain & Ireland, and Kofi Gyamfi, Strategic Sourcing Analyst for Unilever West Africa. In this episode, Sarah and her guests explore supply chain and sustainability. We discover how one of our guests, who hails from Northern Ireland has developed in her career to become a leader of one of the UK’s biggest car manufacturers, and all the way from Ghana, our other guest will share his passion for ensuring responsible sourcing and the circular economy is at the forefront of his business. Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens.
1. UNUM: The Changing Face of Health32:36This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Will Major, Chief Change Officer at Unum – a leading employee benefits provider that offers expert health and wellbeing support, and financial protection through the workplace. Our second guest is Madeline Debney, Co-Founder & CPO, Otto Finance, an innovative company that helps people develop the knowledge and confidence they need to take care of their financial health. In this episode, Sarah and her guests explore how firms can cope with big changes within their business, and the changing face of health – be that physical, mental, emotional, or increasingly important right now, financial health. Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens.
10. WELSH WATER: Can disruption be good for your business?35:31This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Peter Perry, CEO of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Annina Lux, Senior Manager at Capgemini Invent, Head of Strategic Foresight.In this episode, Sarah and her guests explore an issue that is at the heart of all businesses today – the cost of living crisis. We’ll also hear how one of our guests started life as an apprentice, and how responsible disruption and transformation are business imperatives for every organisation today.Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens with Welsh Water’s Peter Perry and Annina Lux from Capgemini.
9. FIRMUS ENERGY: The power of responsible business in the midst of an energy crisis32:02This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Niall Martindale, CEO, firmus energy, and Luke Gibson COO of Field Energy UK.In this episode, Sarah and her guests energy in all of its forms – the demand for energy, the current challenges with the energy crisis, how energy firms are taking the responsible route despite things that are out of their control, and why taking care of the planet will always be a major priority.Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens.
8. AMANDA MACKENZIE: The increasing need for business as the cost-of-living bites26:18In this special one-off episode, we meet with Business in the Community’s Chief Executive, Amanda Mackenzie to discuss the challenges of the world in which we live. In particular, we will discuss the cost-of-living crisis – what’s the reality, how business can and must help and 12 calls to action that every business should consider.Find out more by listening to the latest episode of The Lens with Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive of Business in the Community.