Good Business: Have Purpose: Be Fair: Make Money
  • The Loft, Vauxhall Quay, Sutton Harbour, PL4 0DN

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Presented as part of Plymouth Enterprise Week, our leading researchers, academics and business colleagues will explore more about the strategy, models and values behind ethical businesses and how running a responsible enterprise can make you more money. 

We will examine the tensions, if any, between profit and values and whether you can actually make money in the 21st century in a fair way.


  • 09:00 - Registration and networking
  • 09:15 - Welcome by Dr Marta Hawkins, Director of Futures Entrepreneurship Centre and Gareth Hart, Chair, Plymouth Social Enterprise Network
  • 09:30 - “Working with your organisational purpose and values” by Sybille Schiffmann
  • 10:10 - “Mapping sustainability: Understanding customer values towards sustainable choices” by Dr Satish Basavapatna Kumaraswamy  
  • 10:50 - Break
  • 11:20 - “How good corporate governance can improve your financial, social and environmental sustainability” by Dr Simon Ashby
  • 12:00 - Panel discussion
  • 12:20 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - Close

Sessions overview

Working with your organisational purpose and values (Sybille Schiffmann)

In this session we are going to re-connect with what motivates us in our work and explore also how other organisations catalyse purpose at work. We will correctly identify some of your key priorities and challenges and what it may take to resolve them.

How good corporate governance can improve your financial, social and environmental sustainability (Dr Simon Ashby)

Good governance is essential in any organisation. In this session we shall look at the essential elements of good governance, including culture, communication, stakeholder engagement, board effectiveness and risk management. We shall also explore how good governance can help to improve long-term financial performance, while at the same time achieving social and environmental objectives.

Mapping sustainability: Understanding customer values towards sustainable choices (Dr Satish Basavapatna)

The social and cultural practices of the communities play a crucial role in the customer preferences and a responsible enterprise ought to consider the lifestyle and social change of the stakeholders. This research explores the relation between customer aspirations and its impact on their decision making with a focus on a specific demographic.

Please register your place via the eStore link above. Contact Hélène Bryant (details above) for any queries.

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Business Junior Chamber programme.

Contact Hélène Bryant for any queries.

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Biography: Simon Ashby

Dr Simon Ashby is Associate Professor of Financial Services at the Plymouth Business School. Prior to this he worked as a financial regulator for the UK Financial Services Authority and was a senior risk manager in a number of top UK financial institutions. Simon has a PhD in corporate risk management and has published many academic papers and industry reports on risk, governance, financial services regulation, banking and insurance. His current research interests include: board level risk governance, cyber risk, risk culture and operational risk management. 

Simon is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Institute of Operational Risk.

Biography: Satish Basavapatna Kumaraswamy

Satish is the Associate Head of the Art, Design and Architect School at the University of Plymouth. Satish was a tutor at the University of Edinburgh and worked as a faculty member in MSRIT School of Architecture, Bangalore, India. He led his architectural practice and team of consultants, where he has designed and executed 120 projects. 

His primary research focus is the sustainable built environment. His research interests lie in how homeowners’ aspirations can inform sustainable strategies. His research goes beyond measuring technical performance in the building and examines the ways in which the behaviour of buildings is qualified to represent this in the wider social and cultural contexts. Satish has published and presented nationally and internationally.

Biography: Sybille Schiffmann

Sybille is a lead designer and consultant for bespoke enterprise leadership programmes working with organisational leaders, seeking to create social and or environmental impact in line with their mission. 

 She is also a Doctoral Researcher studying the experience of Relational Leadership in the UK social sector. Coming from a creative arts background, her approach is action-orientated, with an emphasis on experiential learning. She draws on extensive leadership knowledge and experience, combined with the application of innovative enterprise models and approaches. Sybille facilitates to support innovative growth and sustainable impact for organisations, through active collaboration with their people.

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