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16 April 2018

The 100% Club: In Conversation with Philippa Foster Back CBE

We were delighted to host a breakfast event on 10 April for The 100% Club in the form of a conversation between Deborah Gilshan, the founder of The 100% Club, with Philippa Foster Back CBE, Director of the Institute of Business Ethics.  We had a full house, with 84 attendees.

Philippa gave a number of fascinating insights into the work of the IBE in raising awareness and sharing best practice in business ethics through training and advice including on the importance of culture and values in any business.  For some companies which may have evolved through a succession of outside CEOs after the retirement of the  founder and other family members, this may mean re-learning and re-instilling throughout the company the importance of good culture.  Philippa’s success at the IBE is well demonstrated by the number of universities that now include culture and ethics as part of their MBA courses.  IBE’s work and influence is not purely domestic, with its anti-bribery and corruption app downloaded in 95 different countries.

Philippa is also chair of the UK Antarctic Place Names Committee and the South Georgia Heritage Trust and spoke movingly of her family connection (her grandfather was a geologist with the Scott expedition).

Introducing the event Victoria Younghusband, Senior Counsel of Charles Russell Speechlys, said that culture, particular culture in financial services, is also a firm focus. Please click here to view our latest article on the transformation of financial services culture.

The 100% Club was founded in 2011 by Deborah Gilshan, ESG Investment Director at Aberdeen Standards Investments, as a network for professional women, based on a philosophy that values the distinctiveness that women bring to the workplace and how that distinctiveness drives sustainable corporate cultures that respect diversity in all its forms.  Demonstrating our on-going commitment to gender diversity, Charles Russell Speechlys was delighted to have the opportunity to co-host this event with The 100% Club.

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