Paul Vallely can help you think through the interplay of your business and ethical options. He can work with you on your organisation’s corporate social responsibility policy to make it integral to your organisation’s values and approach. He will highlight the ethical dimensions of issues facing your organisation and advise on the implications they may throw up in the public arena.
He is Visiting Professor in Public Ethics and Media at the University of Chester. He was a founding member of the Board of Corporate Social Responsibility for Waitrose supermarkets and is an adviser on human rights in the supply chain to the John Lewis Partnership. Vallely is an expert in Catholic Social Teaching, a rich tradition drawing on 100 years of attempts to find a third way between unregulated capitalism and rigid socialism. It offers insights for new thinking in the 21st century.
As a trustee of the fair trade organisation Traidcraft Paul Vallely was part of the pioneering team which faced a crucial decision on whether or not to launch what became The Fairtrade Foundation which masterminded the launch of the Fairtrade Mark. Traidcraft’s mission was to promote fairer trade for poor partners in the developing world. But it was also a commercial business which needed to make a profit to succeed in that aim.
The dilemma was this: would the launch of a kite-mark which would endorse and promote better practice among businesses in general do that at the expense of damaging Traidcraft plc? What were the philosophical ethical underpinnings which would help decide which way to go? Paul Vallely was part of the team which unpacked those delicate issues. The Fairtrade Mark now endorses £1.3bn of trade with poorer partners across the developing world.
David Nussbaum, CEO of the environmental organisation WWF UK and chair of the anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International UK, says:
“Over many years, Paul Vallely has turned his incisive mind to how a business can successfully combine making a profit with attending to the ethical underpinnings which make better companies vehicles to promote the wider good of society. He is one of a group of pioneering thinkers in this field, who also communicates about the opportunities he sees and the examples he comes across, facing the complex realities of our world.”