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Directors join forces to make the case for a cleaner, greener future

14th July 2021

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is bringing directors together to debate a change to UK law that would ensure all companies align the interests of their shareholders with those of society and the environment.

The Better Business Act campaign, launched in April this year, calls for an amendment to Section 172 of the Companies Act that would empower directors to align the long-term interests of people, planet and profit.

More than 600 businesses have signed up, including John Lewis, Iceland, Danone, innocent drinks, The Body Shop and Bulb.

The free-to attend, online event takes place on 22 July at Noon. Registration via the IoD website here

Joining the panel of business CEOs is Joanna Bryan, Rix & Kay’s environmental expert and member of The Chancery Lane Project, a collaborative effort of leading lawyers in the UK to develop model laws to help fight climate change. Joanna will be discussing what the Better Business Act would mean for day-to-day boardroom decision-making and how the small change to the law would ensure directors can support all stakeholders and the environment.

Other panellists include Joanna Allen, chief executive of healthy snacking business graze. The ex-Coca-Cola and Unilever executive is the founding co-chair of enable, Unilever’s employee disability network.

She will be joined by Dr Roger Barker, director of policy and corporate governance at the IoD. Roger regularly speaks about corporate governance issues at universities and business schools and will outline why the Institute has thrown its weight behind the campaign.

Also on the panel will be Siân Holt, managing director and owner of Fudge Kitchen, an artisan confectionery manufacturer and retailer. Sian will explain why Fudge Kitchen is supporting the campaign and outline her firm’s journey to improve the impact their daily operations have on people and the planet.

A government perspective will be provided by Danny Kruger MP (Con, Devizes).

To book your free place at the virtual event, visit https://www.iod.com/events-community/events/event-details/eventdateid/31715 or contact Lesley.Bennett@iod.com for more details.