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At Ethical Reading, we have a vision that society can be positively transformed by organisations with deeply rooted ethical behaviour, who are strongly engaged with the community and who act in an environmentally sustainable way. We believe that, as a community of organisations working together, we will be able to transform the working lives of people in Reading and make it a very special place where we treat each other with respect and compassion.
After months of discussions, planning and hard work, we officially launched Ethical Reading at a breakfast event at Thames Tower on 24 January. It was attended by more than 100 people representing local organisations from all sectors.
In a transparent world with the spotlight of social media, doing business ethically is no longer a luxury but a necessity. We took the opportunity of the launch to focus on how some local organisations are already addressing ethical issues and to learn from the experience of our friends at Business Ethics Alliance in Omaha, USA.
We explored various ethical themes through a mixture of presentations, group exercises and a panel session.
Professor Beverly Kracher – CEO of Business Ethics Alliance, Omaha
Sacha Romanovitch – CEO of Grant Thornton
Councillor Tony Page – Deputy Leader of Reading Borough Council
Paul Lindley and Mark Cuddigan – Founder and CEO of Ella’s Kitchen
Superintendent Stan Gilmour – Police Area Commander, Reading
Yasmina Siadatan – Local entrepreneur and winner of The Apprentice
We are grateful to the following organisations for their generous support: