Responsible corporate enterprises are always interested in new suppliers who can boost their reputation and performance. Across Europe and beyond, businesses also look to Britain for leadership and innovation. As we urge companies to tread the boards of the global stage for export-led growth, it’s essential that we urge them to adopt the highest standards of governance so that they don’t devalue brand Britain. As public expectations of business governance soar, the Ontente programme aims to immerse our delegates in work placements where they can work closely with some of business’ strongest critics. From wellbeing and safe environments, to food-labelling and freedom of expression, the world faces diverse challenges around rights and responsiblities. Through our extensive experience working in developing markets, Contented understands the huge reputation-risk that corporates face from poorly governed suppliers.
During our recent visit to Copenhagen with UK Trade & Investment, we learned about the expectation that would-be suppliers prove they walk their talk. Danish guests of the embassy warned that standards such as ISO are a good start, tracking activities, analysing risks and taking action to prevent violations. But clients in the public eye also look for suppliers who work with their communities, such as through sustained partnerships with schools, businesses warned.