Announcing the Responsible Business Forum 2017
Join us this May at the Responsible Business Forum 2017 as we share, for the second year, concrete business and academic initiatives to improve business practices to improve the world - through values, science, knowledge, education and scalable business operations.
In May 2016, seven years after the Economics of Mutuality* program began at Mars, Incorporated, the inaugural Responsible Business Forum conference - organized by the internal think tank of Mars Incorporated (Catalyst) and Oxford's Saïd Business School - was held at the University of Oxford.
The conference brought together more than 500 delegates, including MBA students, senior business leaders from international organizations, and other experts to discuss the research findings to date and the results of the Economics of Mutuality* program. Based on a unique mix of advanced academic research and business experiments around the world – in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US, among impoverished communities and more affluent populations the key learning is that it is possible to re-examine assumptions about how businesses must operate (maximizing financial shareholder value) by driving both higher profits and wider mutual benefits for people and planet. Contributors argued that responsible business practices, which add value to both individuals, communities, and environments, whilst sharing financial capital, were actually the core for creating a positive impact on the bottom line.
In 2017 the 'Responsible Business Forum: Making business mutual' will build on these discussions, sharing new examples of how major companies are improving their performance, hosting master classes on emergent practices, and featuring panels engaging with this topic through the lens of global finance and corporate governance.
It will outline new management practices, policies, and governance structures for mutual business, supported by the intellectual rigor and scholarship behind the Oxford-Mars partnership. It will demonstrate the impact on wellbeing, infrastructure, processes and performance throughout the value chain of large, complex organizations.