HBR Press Webinar: Higher Ground


February 20


02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

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Harvard Business Review

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with Alison Taylor

We all want to work for and buy from ethical companies whose values align with our own. But what are we really asking of business? While demanding that they address poverty, pollution, and human rights abuses in their supply chains, we still want the stuff we ordered, right now…

In her new book, Higher Ground, Alison Taylor tackles these contradictory issues head-on, taking a practical approach to help leaders figure out the right choices for their business.

On February 20, Alison will join us to share tools and guidance from the book, with insights on key issues including:

  • Setting environmental and social priorities. Choosing what not to do is difficult, but to have real impact you need to identify a small number of existential issues and then tackle them ambitiously.
  • Deciding when to speak up. Set clear parameters. When your business activities aren’t involved and you can’t make a difference, don’t take a stand.
  • Grounding values in human impact. Consult the real humans affected (through interviews and focused group sessions), and prioritize work on the basis of impact, not risk.
  • Being transparent (without making everything worse). Exercise caution before engaging with demands for constant communication and disclosure, which can lead to a reactive, paranoid mode of operation.
  • Getting serious about corporate political responsibility. Activist employees, investors and customers are increasingly focused on misalignment between a company’s stated positions and political influence strategy. In a fraught election year, the stakes are higher than ever. How can you manage these new pressures?
  • Seeing culture as a strategic advantage. In a hypertransparent era, your culture is on full display as never before. How can you build more inclusive, ethical cultures without generating endless internal conflict?

As Alison says, “so many people—many with good intentions—appear to be lost. It even seems we no longer even share a common language to discuss the challenges we face. I want to help cut through the noise and suggest a path forward, upward.”

I hope you can join us to learn more.

“Realistic and pragmatic… [Higher Ground] should be read by everyone who aspires ‘to do the right thing’ in their organization.” – Ideas for Leaders

Alison Taylor is a clinical professor at NYU Stern School of Business and the Executive Director at Ethical Systems, a research collaboration of prominent business school professors working on ethical culture founded by prominent social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. She has spent decades advising large multinationals on risk, corruption, sustainability, and organizational culture.

Register to confirm your place. You will receive the online link to the event in your confirmation email. This event is recorded and you will receive a link to watch in your own time if you can’t join live.

The event is free to HBR subscribers and followers. Click here to learn more about HBR and how to subscribe.

UK residents can also purchase a copy of Higher Ground at the discounted price of £22.00 by choosing the webinar + book ticket option.

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