The Quakers and Business Group, a registered charity (view certificate) and a Quaker recognised body in Britain (BYM), is today's voice and network for the Quaker business community. We are active in, or recently retired from, the business community.
To be the custodian, modern interpreter and promoter of Quaker principles in business and the workplace.
The charity is governed by a board of Trustees who meet regularly, and are advised by Management Committee, made up of all members, who meet regularly throughout the year and during weekly Connection meetings.
To make the three management meetings accessible to as many group members as possible, we hold them on weekdays or weekend days, in the afternoon or evening, and face to face - often in London or Birmingham, or over the internet using a VOIP application such as Skype and Zoom.
By default the committee includes the officers of the charity, as listed on the Contact Us page, plus other members from other group committees and working groups, and any other group members who wish to contribute. We believe in being transparent in our work, and so are happy for visitors to join us.
Do the Right Thing - Quakers have a reputation for being trustworthy and ethical. Ethics has been a central theme of Q&B's work for some time.
Live Your Values at Work - Living your values in business and in the workplace is not always easy. Conflict between personal values and those of the workplace can be a source of anxiety and stress.
What Quaker business people have done and are doing - Quakers, and others, who own businesses have often used their business success to benefit communities and society. We admire the famous names of the past, but we need to share the modern day contributions of organisations and individuals.
The Middle Way - The boundaries between pure capitalism and pure charity are becoming blurred. There are charities that operate trading arms, businesses that are owned by charities and trusts (Scott Bader, Andrews Estate Agent) and social enterprises. These organisations are run to provide benefits beyond the owners, as were the early Quaker businesses.