Book now – non-members welcome!
The next OIA Director’s Forum is to be led by former-MP Tom Levitt, influential consultant on business engagement with communities, trainer, writer on responsible business, author of ‘Welcome to GoodCo: Using the Tool of Business to Create Public Good’, and more! It is scheduled to take place at 6.15pm on Wednesday 7th September during the Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2016 at the Oak Tree, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. There is no cost to attend Director’s Forum, and whilst it is usually only for senior level OIA members to attend on a first come first served basis, on this occasion it will also be open to others across the industry, including non-members.
Tom Levitt set up his own small business Sector 4 Focus in 2010 to build on his extensive experience working with community and voluntary sector organisations: as an MP, a teacher, an activist and a councillor. His clients vary between small networks of SMEs working with local charities through to advising the supply chain of the world’s third largest retailer. His 2015 book, Welcome to GoodCo, was very well received, and with his background in education and government, Tom believes that business behaviour will be key to social progress in the Britain of the Future – and that there is a business case to justify such activity.
As an MP, he collaborated closely with community and voluntary organisations in Derbyshire, Britain and developing countries for 13 years (1997-2010), and from 2011-2014, he was Chair of trustees at the international development charity Concern Worldwide UK. As Parliamentary Private Secretary to Hilary Benn, as Secretary of State for International Development (2003-2007), Tom worked with ministers and other decision makers, seeing for himself how the third sector, not least as partners to responsible businesses, could make life better for the world’s poorest communities. From 2008-2010 he was deputy minister for the East Midlands with an economic regeneration brief and a member of the DWP select committee. Tom is currently:
- A member of the Walgreen Boots Alliance Advisory Panel on Sustainability
- A non-executive director of Digital Outreach Ltd (now Outreach Solutions)
- A director of Good Measures ethical business consultancy
- Occasional columnist for The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network
- Chair and trustee of the Coalition for Efficiency
- A trustee of The Work Foundation
- Chair of the Fair For You charity
Tom’s presentation will explore why you should, and how you could, engage your business with your local community. He will aim to answer and encourage discussion on questions such as, how can you engage your business sustainably, and what benefits can your business gain from such behaviour? Is promoting a healthy outdoor lifestyle enough? What skills could your employees gain, to your company’s benefit, from a modest degree of planned engagement with a charity?
To book your place at the OIA Director’s Forum at 6.15pm on Wednesday 7th September, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name, job title and company.