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Let’s #PressForProgress through ‘Profit with Purpose’

BlogsPress Releases Published: February 14, 2018 8:55 am

2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the 1918 Representation of the People Act which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time, and although we have come a long way since then, the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report found that gender parity is still over 200 years away.

Meaning that there has never been a more important time to join the International Women’s Day 2018 call to action and #PressforProgress

Unity Trust Bank, a commercial bank whose mission is to help create a better society, and the Employee Ownership Association, voice of employee ownership in the UK, have partnered to create an event that celebrates International Women’s Day by taking a closer look at ‘Profit with Purpose’: Empowering women through responsible business and employee ownership.

With 41% of social enterprises led by women, and companies with women holding a minimum of 30% of leadership roles 1.4x more likely to have sustained, profitable growth, ‘Profit with Purpose’ will explore the role women have to play in helping build a fairer society through responsible business practices.

Held at the British Library, London, the morning event will feature keynote speaker Baroness Thornton, Labour Life Peer, Shadow Spokesperson for Health and former CEO The Young Foundation, and an interactive panel of expert speakers:

·         Dr Rebecca Harding, Economist

·         Virginia Mead-Herbert, Director of Childbase Partnership

·         Chrysta Poppitt, Senior HR Director of Turley

·         Alison Reid, CEO of Community Dental Service

Margaret Willis, CEO Unity Trust Bank explains:

“2018 is the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK, but we are still a long way from true gender parity.  As CEO of a bank that focuses on delivering positive social impact, not simply maximising profit, I’m a passionate advocate for responsible business driving real, lasting change.

Inclusive businesses not only better reflect the communities they serve, but also report more sustained, profitable growth. At Unity, 57% of our Executive Committee are women, which is just one of the reasons why on 8th March we are inviting you to join us to celebrate ‘Profit With Purpose’.”

Deb Oxley, CEO EOA, adds:

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Unity Trust Bank for International Women’s Day as we believe that employee owned businesses profit with purpose which not only drives excellent results but also empowers employees equally.

Creating more diversity in the business mix with employee ownership as part of that will support the #PressForProgress for all employees and in doing so continue to support women in taking leadership roles in businesses.”

For more information email marketing@unity.co.uk or register your attendance here 

-ENDS-

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About Unity Trust Bank

Unity Trust is a business bank with a difference; we only work with organisations and businesses who look to help create a better society. Based in Birmingham, we offer an ethical alternative for businesses with a social conscience.

For over 30 years the bank has worked with organisations and SMEs that share its values and philosophy, offering a full range of banking services including current accounts, savings accounts, and loans.

Independent since December 2015, its purpose is to help create a better society, not just maximise profit. Unity’s focus on its customers, staff, and the communities it serves is what sets it apart and allows it to deliver on the bank’s ‘Double Bottom Line’ strategy through volunteering, education and fundraising.

Unity is a Living Wage employer, a Fair Tax Mark business, a Women In Finance Charter signatory, and currently holds the Investors in People Gold standard.

For more information about Unity Trust Bank visit www.unity.co.uk  or email marketing@unity.co.uk

Twitter: @unitytrustbank

LinkedIn: Unity Trust Bank

 

About the EOA

The Employee Ownership Association (EOA) represents organisations which are employee owned or transitioning to employee ownership across the UK.

The EOA is a not for profit and politically independent organisation and its core purpose is to grow employee ownership in the UK.

The EOA works in close partnership with its members to champion, promote and provide insight into the business case for employee ownership. Members benefit from unique learning, networking and trading opportunities across the network of diverse companies of all sizes and sectors.

www.employeeownership.co.uk.
Twitter: @employeeownership
LinkedIn: Employee Ownership Association

 


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