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IoD Online - Changing Business Law. The Better Business Act

22 Jul 2021
Online webinar, Online
IoD Online - Changing Business Law, the Better Business Act (BBA)


Join us for a national IoD webinar examining the case for changing UK law to make sure every company in the UK, big or small, aligns the interests of their shareholders and contributes to wider society including the environment.
In April 2021, the Better Business Act campaign was launched. Since then over 600 businesses have joined a growing coalition, including some of the UK’s best-known brands, for example: John Lewis, Iceland, graze, Danone, Fudge Kitchen, Innocent Drinks, The Body Shop and Bulb.  

We have invited leading directors and speakers to share their views on why they support the BBA.  Speakers, include Sian Holt, MD and Owner of Fudge Kitchen, Joanna Allen, CEO of graze, Danny Kruger MP (Con,Devizes) and our own IoD Director of Policy and Corporate Governance, Dr. Roger Barker, who will present why the IoD is supporting the change in law, specifically in relation to the Companies Act 2006, Section 172 - 'Duty to promote the success of the company'. 
Joanna Bryan, Associate and Environmental Specialist at Rix & Kay, a leading regional law firm in the South East, will also explain what the Better Business Act would mean for day-to-day boardroom decision making and how the small change to the law would ensure directors of all companies move to comply with supporting all stakeholders and the environment. 

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Date & time: 22 Jul 2021 12:00 - 13:15
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Dr. Roger Barker is Director of Pol
icy and Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors (since September 2020) and a member of the IoD Management Team.
Roger is also Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London, and a regular speaker on corporate governance issues at a variety of leading universities and business schools.  
Previously, Dr. Barker was Managing Director of Governomics Ltd, a corporate governance advisory firm. And during an earlier stint at the IoD, he served as Director of Corporate Governance and Professional Standards (2008-2016).

Joanna Bryan
Rix & Kay Solicitors

Joanna is a member of Rix & Kay’s Commercial Property, Planning and Environment Team and also leads the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance agenda. Joanna began her career as an environmental scientist, working in New York City where she won the International Award for Excellence in Arboriculture for her pro-bono work to transplant of the only 6 surviving trees from the World Trade Centre site to a memorial park in Manhattan.
Joanna works in partnership with a wide range of businesses, helping them to manage their real estate concerns. She is also a member of The Chancery Lane Project, a collaborative effort of leading lawyers in the UK to develop model laws to help fight climate change. She has recently worked on “Hannah’s Clause” which is named after her daughter and due to be presented at COP26. Hannah’s Clause is a greener service charge clause to be used in leases to ensure that services are provided in line with the principles of Net Zero and the Circular Economy. 

Siân Holt. MD & Owner of Fudge Kitchen

Siân runs Fudge Kitchen, an artisan confectionery brand who’ve been producing, wholesaling and retailing premium products for both UK and export for nearly 40 years.  With a mission to Make Life Sweeter the Fudge Kitchen team have set out on a journey to improve the impact their daily operations have on people and planet – their products should not only taste good but feel good too.

Joanna Allen
Joanna joined graze, the healthy snacking business, as CEO in July 2020.  graze operates as a data-driven omnichannel business offering unconventional, tasty & delicious snacks via retail channels and direct to consumer.  
Joanna is also the founding co-chair of enable, Unilever’s employee disability network. 

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