“Blessed be the Change Maker,” said Secretary of State Matt Hancock today, summing up his keynote speech at Change Makers 2018.
The Seven Hills event – hosted in partnership with Bloomberg at its new European headquarters – saw headline speakers take to the stage and explain why business can be the force for change in a fast-paced, uncertain world.
The day kicked off with the exclusive announcement that One Young World will return to London in 2019, with the message being delivered by Prime Minister Theresa May.
This was followed by Grant Thornton UK CEO Sacha Romanovitch who spoke about the connection between profit with purpose – and why it’s the route to sustainable, successful businesses in the modern era.
Sacha was joined at the event by fellow business leaders including Legal and General’s Dame Helena Morrissey and former CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group Xavier Rolet KBE.
The 200-strong audience heard campaigners Caroline Casey and Dan Brooke deliver a passionate call to action for businesses to be more inclusive of those with disabilities. While Mariéme Jamme of #IAMTHECODE said businesses have a crucial role to play in helping marginalised girls around the world to learn digital skills so that they can lead rewarding lives.
HRH Princess Eugenie of York and Julia de Boinville delivered a memorable address on the scourge of modern slavery and how businesses – namely by investigating their supply chains – can make a difference.
They were followed by Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, who reminded corporations how they can ensure human rights are respected worldwide.
Seven Hills was proud to welcome Lord Young of Graffham to the stage at the close of the day to present Tech Will Save Us founder Bethany Koby with the Change Maker 2018 award. This is in recognition of her commitment to boosting education opportunities and making technology more accessible to young people.
To find out who else spoke at the event and more on Seven Hills’s commitment to Change Makers, go here.