Work Programme

We are operating through a series of projects in partnership with universities and other think tanks and business organisations. These projects involve secondary research, roundtables and advocacy and will form the basis for wider messages about the kind of systemic change needed.

The series is organised into three themes: Finance and Governance, Profit Opportunities, and Industrial strategy and social justice. Details of projects we are currently working on are set out here.

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Finance and Governance

A roundtable on the role of asset owner and their advisors

What action can asset owners take to encourage companies to target long term performance and the positive sustainability and social outcomes associated with this?

The initial event in April 2016 was attended by asset owners, investment consultants, fund managers and politicians, plus academics, think tank experts and corporate lawyers.

It was addressed by Professor John Kay and Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Investment Management. A report and briefing on next steps has been prepared and is available here.

Organised in partnership with Tomorrow’s Company and as part of the Centre for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity.

A follow up project is now underway. 

A roundtable on the limits of the PLC

How far can we go with existing corporate governance  arrangements? Can the PLC deliver the changes we need to see, or is a new legal form needed that embeds the rights of a wider group of stakeholders?

Designed for business leaders, corporate lawyers, investors and policy makers.

Details to be announced. Please contact us for further details.

Spring 2017


Profit opportunities

A roundtable on ‘More Profit from Less Stuff’

What can businesses do to make the most of the shift to dematerialisation that we are likely to see over the next 20 years? An event was organised in May 2016 and the focus was on customers and markets rather than production techniques and supply chain management. How can companies create ‘more fun from less stuff’, satisfy changing demand and build their brands? Speakers include Mike Barry (M&S), Richard Spencer (BT), and Fiona Ball (Sky). A briefing paper was prepared and is available here.

Organised as part of the Center for Understanding Sustainable Prosperity.

Further sector specific roundtables on this topic are now being planned – on the built environment (December 2016) and food (early 2017).  

Sustainability and youth markets in the cities of the world

How can the world’s major corporations meet the demands of one of the fastest growing segments – young people living in the growing cities of the developing world – in ways which contribute to sustainability?

Designed for strategists, marketing management and sustainability specialists.

Details to be announced. Please contact us for further details.

Spring 2017


Industrial strategy and social justice

Roundtables on industrial strategies that make sustainability viable

One of the principle barriers to mitigating climate change and achieving sustainability more broadly is that some groups may lose. An effective green industrial strategy has to find ways of turning losers into winners as well as facilitating the investment needed for the transition. This series of roundtables will explore what such a strategy has to deliver, how it can be developed and who by.

Details to be announced. Please contact us for further details.

Spring and Autumn 2017

Roundtables on making better pay affordable in low pay sectors

23% of workers now earn less than the voluntary Living Wage, up from 22% in 2014 and 21% in 2013. Of these 43% work in three sectors, hospitality and catering, retail and care. This represents 58% of the total workforce in these sectors. The new National Living Wage will help  – but what needs to happen to make better pay affordable? What will the balance be between increasing productivity, raising prices and reducing other costs? And what is the role of  better planned career progression?

Details to be announced. Please contact us for further details.

Spring and Autumn 2017



An Economy That Works’ Policy Report

Building on the framework developed in our foundation report, ‘An Economy That Works’, the AETW Alliance, in partnership with the Aldersgate Group, has published the first in a series of policy reports. This new report hosts contributions from leading experts on one facet of the six core areas of An Economy That Works: high employment, equality of opportunity, wellbeing, low carbon development, zero waste and enhancing the UK’s natural capital.

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AETW Policy Report – Click here to download

An Economy That Works’ Foundation Report

How we can make the transition to an economy that delivers prosperity, competitiveness and sustainability for British companies and citizens, now and in the future


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