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Responsible business – what can we learn from the Quakers?

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Autumn events

10th October – The Priory Rooms, Quaker Meeting House, 40 Bull Street, Birmingham, B4 6AF. 6-8pm

17th October – The Corporate & Executive Development Centre, 4th Floor, City Campus East 1, Newcastle Business School, Newcastle, NE1 8ST. 5-7pm

28th November – Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS. 6-7.30pm

Entry is Free. To book your place contact Nic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What explains the success and prosperity of many Quakers in business and commerce throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? Quakers have a long tradition in the world of commerce and business, from their involvement in the chocolate industry, but also banking and finance, life assurance, biscuits, shoes, pharmacy, soap, chemicals, railways, canals, agricultural equipment, and industrial manufacturing which became no less than the seed of the industrial revolution. However, within a few decades of the emergence of the shareholder economy in the mid-1850’s, many Quaker businesses were confined to history.

This public lecture essentially asks two questions: what went wrong? what lessons can we draw from the Quakers in designing businesses today? We explore how different models of business such as cooperatives and commonwealth businesses may help Friends, and the business community at large, practice a responsible and ethical approach in the world of commerce.

Funding has kindly been provided by Quakers & Business, and Quaker Peace & Social Witness.

The speakers are as follows:

Dr Nicholas Burton – Nicholas is a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management and Corporate Responsibility at Northumbria University. Nicholas is a member of Pickering & Hull Area Meeting, and publishes in the area of Quakers & Business. Nicholas is a Director and Trustee of Bootham School in York, and is a member of Quakers & Business, convening the Academic Research Working Group. Currently working on a number of projects funded by the Quaker community investigating Quaker practices and business, and the Quaker Business Method, Nicholas is also a tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, where he will run a course on Quakers & Business Values in 2018.

Dr Alex Hope - Alex is Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics within Newcastle Business School. Prior to joining NBS, Alex was Lecturer in Sustainable Development and Project Management in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University where he specialised in sustainable project management, sustainable construction and energy policy. He has over 15 years experience working in management and leadership roles in private and public sector management positions across a diverse range of sectors including retail and local government and as director of a sustainability and leadership consultancy.His teaching specialisms include Sustainable Development, Sustainable Business, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, which he delivers across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in addition to supervising doctoral students.