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Norwich debate asks 'Can ethical business succeed?' 

A debate on ‘Can doing business ethically really pay’ is set to be held at OPEN in Norwich, thanks to a partnership between Norwich Quakers, Norwich Anglican Cathedral and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on October 3.

Cadburys and Rowntrees chocolate, together with Lloyds and Norwich-based Gurney’s Bank were all businesses that very successfully balanced their Quaker values with the need to make a profit. They were known for being fair, honest and caring for their workforce.

Event organiser, Robert Ashton, said: “Today commercial pressure is too often cited as justification for unethical business behaviour. Yet increasingly, consumers are choosing to do business with those they believe to be ethical. The debate will address what exactly is ethical business and how can we influence it?”

Norwich Quakers, in partnership with Norwich Anglican Cathedral and the RSA are staging the debate on business ethics at OPEN Norwich on Tuesday October 3 at 6pm. This free to attend event, chaired by the Dean of Norwich, the Very Rev Janes Hedges has speakers from Quakers in Britain, East of England Cooperative Society and local investment specialists Investing Ethically.

Also speaking will be Loughlin Hickey, co-founder of London based charity Blueprint for Better Business who will spell out some of the simple steps we can all take to create a more ethical local economy.

“As a social entrepreneur and Quaker I am increasingly seeing businesses differentiate themselves by their social impact,” said Robert. “Attending this event will help you see how you can play your part, as a business leader or consumer, in creating a fairer local economy.”

To book your free place click here.

Further information from Robert Ashton at: robert@robertashton.co.uk
Pictured above is event organiser and Norfolk social entrepreneur Robert Ashton.

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