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Board Matters Podcast l How to put purpose before short-term gains

In this Board Matters podcast, our distinguished panel explores how investor and corporate priorities are changing and how purpose is pivotal in guiding business leaders, owners and the board.

There’s an urgency for businesses to embrace long-term, sustainable value creation and prioritise the needs of people, the planet and the creation of broad-based economic prosperity. This podcast examines how purpose is integral for boards to understand so they can navigate and meet evolving stakeholder expectations

Our panel of speakers, Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent, Jon Lewis, CEO, Capita, Will Hutton, The Purposeful Company and Hywel Ball, EY UK Chair and UK&I Managing Partner reflect and discuss how purpose is informing business decision-making and the role it plays in an organisation’s culture.

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This podcast explores:

  • How purpose drives a business’s strategy and the role of purpose post-pandemic recovery
  • How investor and corporate perspectives, and priorities are changing, casting a spotlight on companies’ ethics and values
  • How purpose will be pivotal in guiding business leaders, owners and the board to create long-term, sustainable value to survive

About UK Centre for Board Matters:

The EY UK Centre for Board Matters, a programme for non-executive Directors and all board-level executives, delivers timely insights on the current issues facing UK businesses. Our programme combines on-demand content to keep board leaders abreast of emerging themes, with networking events to build strong peer relationships.

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Hywel Ball
EY UK Chair and UK&I Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP


Duration 17m 53s