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Webinar – Changing Business Law. The Better Business Act

7th July 2021

Webinar – Changing Business Law. The Better Business Act

Date & time: 22 July 2021. 12noon – 1:15pm
Location: Online webinar
Registration is free: Book your place via the Institute of Directors website here

Rix & Kay are delighted to announce that we are partnering with the IoD and the Better Business Act for a national IoD webinar examining the case for changing UK law to make sure every single company in the UK, however big or small, aligns the interests of their shareholders with those of wider society and the environment.

In April 2021, the Better Business Act campaign was launched. Now more than 600 businesses have joined a growing coalition, including some of the UK’s best-known brands John Lewis, Iceland, Danone, Innocent Drinks, The Body Shop and Bulb among them.

Hear from directors like Fudge Kitchen’s Sian Holt about why they’re supporting the Better Business Act as well as from the IoD’s Director of Policy and Corporate Governance, Roger Barker, about why the Institute has thrown its weight behind the effort to amend Section 172 of the Companies Act.

Joanna Bryan, Associate and Environmental Specialist at Rix & Kay, will also explain 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 move to comply with supporting all stakeholders and the environment.

About the speakers

Joanna Bryan, Rix & Kay
Joanna is a member of Rix & Kay’s Commercial Property, Planning and Environment Team and also leads the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance agenda. Joanna began her career as an environmental scientist, working in New York City where she won the International Award for Excellence in Arboriculture for her pro-bono work to transplant of the only 6 surviving trees from the World Trade Centre site to a memorial park in Manhattan.

Joanna works in partnership with a wide range of businesses, helping them to manage their real estate concerns. She is also a member of The Chancery Lane Project, a collaborative effort of leading lawyers in the UK to develop model laws to help fight climate change. She has recently worked on “Hannah’s Clause” which is named after her daughter and due to be presented at COP26. Hannah’s Clause is a greener service charge clause to be used in leases to ensure that services are provided in line with the principles of Net Zero and the Circular Economy.

Dr. Roger Barker, Director of Policy and Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors
Roger is Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London, and a regular speaker on corporate governance issues at a variety of leading universities and business schools.  Previously he was Managing Director of Governomics Ltd, a corporate governance advisory firm. During an earlier stint at the IoD, he served as Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards (2008-2016)

Joanna Allen, CEO, graze
Joanna joined graze, the healthy snacking business, as CEO in July 2020. Graze operates as a data-driven omnichannel business offering unconventional, tasty & delicious snacks via retail channels and direct to consumer.
Joanna is also the founding co-chair of enable, Unilever’s employee disability network.

Siân Holt. MD & Owner of Fudge Kitchen
Siân runs Fudge Kitchen, an artisan confectionery brand who’ve been producing, wholesaling and retailing premium products for both UK and export for nearly 40 years.  With a mission to Make Life Sweeter the Fudge Kitchen team have set out on a journey to improve the impact their daily operations have on people and the planet – their products should not only taste good but feel good too.

Danny Kruger MP (Con, Devizes)
Danny Kruger MBE has been the MP for Devizes in Wiltshire since 2019.