Ethical business from Wiltshire to London

By Anita Jaynes on July 07, 2015

Bill Huxley, founder of Business against Poverty and Chair of Trustees of People against Poverty is a guest speaker at a London seminar about ethical trading.

Bill set up Business against Poverty in 2010 to link like-minded businesses where owners and staff who are passionate about ethics and who care about social responsibility and support them to fight injustice and poverty.

Both organisations provide money and support to people in poverty in the UK and overseas, including Romania and Nepal.

Bill, 62, spent more than 30 years in industry and was integral in growing a small company to a multi million pound organisation He became disillusioned as he felt corporations had ‘no soul’.

He retired and retrained as a counselor and executive coach initially working in the Home Counties. With his wife, Val, he began to sponsor a number of children abroad and was invited to go on an awareness trip to Romania.

It was on this trip he and his Val faced the reality of abject poverty and its effect on children.  The couple decided they would support a seed charity in the West Country for a few months. From this came People Against Poverty and then Business Against Poverty.

This project has brought together all of Bill’s skills. He believes in the future, businesses will need to know the new rules of business including:

-Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

-Sustainability

-Creating Shared Value (CSV)

-Social Enterprise

He believes these attributes will single a business out from the crowd and will create more ethical and sustainable business practices. All members of BaP have to be aligned to these core ethics.

The seminar, organised by digital agency Giant Peach will be held on Thursday July 23 at the Brigade Bar & Bistro. Tooley Street. London SE1 2HZ from 4pm. Details are available here

Pictured above: Bill Huxley, founder of Business against Poverty and Chair of Trustees of People against Poverty