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Lunch and Learn: Building a Long-Term Business for Tomorrow’s World

5th July 2023, 12:00 - 12:45
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Business governance is changing.

What will future businesses look like if they want to put sustainability at the heart of how they operate? David Lourie, Managing Partner at Good Business, a leading sustainability agency that helps businesses succeed and be ready for the future, will share his insights on current trends.

The expectations of businesses and how they are operating are rapidly evolving. Businesses are thinking differently about their place in society.

In 2022:

  • Patagonia announced that they were rethinking their governance structure, moving towards ‘steward-ownership’. 98% of the company shares go towards a non-profit organisations aiming to save the Planet.
  • B Corp UK reached 1000+ businesses. All those organisations include mission-aligned legal language in their articles of association.
  • Faith in Nature enacted a legal ‘guardianship’ model for Nature. A human representative who is legally bound to speak on behalf of the natural world and act on behalf of Nature.

What are the changing expectations of business? How are other businesses evolving to meet these new expectations? What are the benefits for those businesses willing to evolve? Join us to find out more.


David is the Managing Partner at Good Business. He has led the development of a number of large-scale multi-market social leadership programmes and sustainability strategy projects during his fifteen years at Good Business, including work for Aviva, O2, Just Eat, Ferrero, and Coca-Cola. David also led the award-winning campaign for Kent County Council, Release the Pressure, on male suicide prevention. Having worked for business, charities, and agencies, David has an in-depth knowledge of how to get the most from individuals and organisations to create genuine commercial and social impact.

Find out more about Heart of the City and our work to help businesses be a force for good, and take a look at our climate action toolkit which guides SMEs to net zero with practical resources.


We’ll be recording the webinar and will send on a sub-titled video and slides to you after the event. If you would find live closed captioning helpful on the day, please let the Heart of the City team know.

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