Employment & Economic Opportunity

B Corp Brands: Sustainable Spirits

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We are bringing together the founders of three B Corp spirit companies for an evening of cocktails and conversation at The Conduit to celebrate B Corp month.Sapling Spirits, Two Drifters Distillery & Nc'nean Distillery have led the way in making spirits more sustainable. For one night only they will be coming together to discuss the challenges and importance of keeping sustainability at the forefront of a business.

Bedrooms of London

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In a city where extreme poverty and wealth exist side-by-side, Bedrooms of London looked to make visible the often shocking and unseen realities of home life for the 700,000 children living below the poverty line within our capital. Challenging the prejudices and stereotypes associated with child poverty, Bedrooms of London highlights this situation for some of London’s most vulnerable children.

Richard Curtis on the Hidden Superpower of Our Pensions

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Richard Curtis, filmmaker and co-founder of sustainable finance campaign Make My Money Matter, and business guru Deborah Meaden discussed the campaign's brand new research showing why pensions are any CEO's hidden superpower to change the world.

Fireside Chat with Gillian Tett

Acclaimed writer, anthropologist and FT journalist Gillian Tett explored the shifting landscape of ESG and social responsible investing, the rise of conscious capitalism, and why understanding human behaviour remains the most powerful tool we have for navigating business, finance and life. Presented in collaboration with the Financial Times.

In Conversation with Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen, and a recognized leader and innovator in the social impact sector. Her work began in 1986 when she quit her job on Wall Street to co-founded Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere; the experience inspired her to write the bestselling book The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor, and, in 2001, launch Acumen. At this special discussion, Jacqueline will join Conduit Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Paul Van Zyl to explore her career, the impact of her work and what the future holds.

Female Refugee Integration: Barriers to Employment with DLA Piper

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Finding a job in your new country of origin has shown to have huge effects on successful refugee integration. As a woman, accessing the labour market as a refugee is even more challenging, despite the fact that many studies prove that employing refugees will have a positive effect on the national economy, driving investment and growth. To mark Refugee Week in the UK The Conduit, in collaboration with our Impact Partner, DLA Piper, convened a vivid conversation chaired expertly by Marina Brizar, UK Director for Talent Beyond Boundaries. Marina was joined by Dr Awmaima Amrayaf, pro bono legal officer at DLA Piper, Renae Mannis, Executive Director of Services at the Refugee Council, and Steve Duffy Head of Client Recruitment at RefuAid.

Jeremy Hunt on the Future of the NHS

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On the day that Boris Johnson finally resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, The Conduit welcomed Jeremy Hunt onto its stage. The timing was serendipitous, but it ensured a fully engaged, energetic and consumed audience. Jeremy Hunt, the longest-serving Health Secretary in history, here to talk about his new book, Zero, and share his tales of working with the NHS. Despite the harsh realities and brutal statistics that showcase the inadequacies in the system, Jeremy did provide a measured view. He presented what he sees as next steps and actions that will work towards improving the NHS for all.

An Evening with Rio Ferdinand and WeAre8 Founder & CEO, Sue Fennessy

Join acclaimed footballer and broadcaster Rio Ferdinand in conversation with Founder and CEO of WeAre8 Sue Fennessy for an exploration into the story behind WeAre8 and how they are shaping the future of digital media.

The 333: How Social Enterprises are Saving the World

Introducing the 333; three guest speakers, three minute introductions and three important questions to help shape a longer conversation.

Community Connections: Homelessness

Join Josh Coombes, Founder of grassroots movement Do Something For Nothing, Jade Statt, vet and co-founder of charity StreetVet and Alex Stephany, Founder and CEO of Beam, for an interactive event centred around homelessness. A short talk from our experts will be followed by a chance to come together with fellow members and connect around the issue of homelessness and ways in which we can tackle the difficult questions that arise from it.