In 2018, we built upon the success of the previous two years, using the third Responsible Business Forum to focus on two key areas: the need to change the business practices of today to increase trust and reduce negative impact, and, looking forward, the new challenges and opportunities that are being brought by the fourth industrial revolution. Over two days, the Forum explored these topics through keynote speeches, panel discussion, case study presentations, and master classes.
The first day began with an introductory session and a series of master classes that explored key aspects of the Economics of Mutuality. In the afternoon of the first day and the morning of the second day, the Forum examined a series of cases that describe specific examples of the ways in which companies have attempted to adopt mutual approaches to business. These companies satisfy two criteria: they expound explicit purposes or values that reflect objectives beyond pure financial performance, and they demonstrate a serious commitment to implementing them through their ownership, governance, leadership, measurement, and management practices.
In addition to the cases and master classes, there were panels and keynotes on mutuality, presentations by MBA students and the Forum closed with a student-led Oxford Union-style debate on mutuality.