A case for change
We are proud that our purpose is to champion better work and working lives. We believe work can and should be a force for good. Not just for shareholders, employers or even just for workers, but for everyone, including the societies and communities they’re part of. When work is good, people are happy and fulfilled, businesses are profitable and productive, communities flourish.
The problem is, work isn't always a force for good:
- In a survey of 10,000 HR and business leaders, one in three reported they have had to compromise their principles to meet current business needs.
- Two fifths of organisations saw an increase in reported mental health problems in 2016.
- A focus on short-term profits over long-term sustainability was a major contributor to the 2008 financial crash.
- Scandals like BHS, Volkswagen and Sports Direct have created a crisis of trust, and a perception that businesses don’t care about wider society.