November 17, 2021

Undertaking Ethical Audits at Local Businesses

On Wednesday 10th November, the Business and Economics Department met with two local companies creating solutions to the contemporary issues faced by organisations today.

After working with the visiting professionals from sustainable consultancy, Earth51, and social enterprise, Ethical Reading, our Sixth Formers now look forward to undertaking their own ethical audits at a number of local businesses.

To begin the session in Peckover Hall, Akhil Handa introduced the group to his experience of ethical appraisals and shared some practical advice about their undertaking.

Professor Brad Hooker from Ethical Reading then spoke about the organisations where students will deliver their appraisals. In November, the three groups will respectively visit, NatWest Bank, Francis Construction and Grant Thornton. To find out more about the ethical policies of the businesses.

Ethical Enterprise Scholar, Connie, remarked “It was fantastic to have speakers from both Earth51 and Ethical Reading at the School, talking to the Sixth Form Business students and myself about social-business ventures. The assiduous, business-minded individuals working locally to the Reading area, really helps bridge the gap between LP business classes and real-life company scenarios.”

In a group activity, the Lower and Upper Sixth students then considered the information they wanted to establish upon their workplace visits and the best people to speak to.

To reinforce the group’s new knowledge, Shweta Choudaha and Rob Hill from Ethical Reading, examined ethical dimensions in local, national and international business. A variety of case studies highlighted both ethical and unethical practise.

Michael Liggins, Head of Business and Economics, commented “This is a great opportunity for our Business students to get a real insight into the workings of local, national and international businesses. We were very fortunate to have the support of Ethical Reading with input into the event and also the opportunity to pilot this exciting programme before the model is rolled out to other schools.”

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