When did it become so difficult to establish what it means to be a good business today? Purpose statements are placated across corporate websites, yet news headlines are full of ethics scandals, discoveries of child labour in supply chains, and employees quiet quitting. In a conversation with the audience, Alison Taylor will take us through her new book Higher Ground and share her hard-earned insight on how businesses can navigate this messy paradigm shift, build trus, and achieve long-term strategic advantage in a turbulent world.

About the speakers

Alison Taylor is a Clinical Associate Professor at NYU Stern School of Business and Executive Director of Ethical Systems. She has spent the past two decades consulting with multinational companies on risk, anti-corruption, sustainability, human rights, culture and behaviour, stakeholder engagement, ESG, and ethics and compliance–including as a senior advisor at sustainability nonprofit BSR, a member of the Board at Venture ESG, and a sustainability adviser at Zai Lab, KKR, and Pictet Group.

Anna Krotova is Head of Sustainability at Picnic in Amsterdam. She has been a forerunner in sustainability, advocating for transparent and responsible business practices that are rooted in respect for planetary boundaries and human rights. In her roles at the International Finance Corporation, Metabolic, Global Reporting Initiative, and several private sector companies, Anna has helped organisations improve their sustainability practices, usher in impactive changes in company policies, and encourage meaningful reflection around the issues. Anna also loves bringing together members of the sustainability community for conversations that spark meaningful action, and she’s the lead author of an upcoming book, ‘How to be a Chief Sustainability Officer’.

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