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Could your corporate culture provoke your next crisis?

Could your corporate culture provoke your next crisis?

Could your corporate culture provoke your next crisis?
During 2023, the culture of an organisation has come under the spotlight like never before. Numerous crises, such as those impacting Westminster, McDonalds, the Metropolitan Police, CBI, ITV’s This Morning and the BBC, have all been attributed to “toxic culture.” But what do we mean by this term? How can a sub-optimal corporate culture be dealt with before it becomes a crisis? And what responsibility does the board have in identifying the risks and rewards posed by people and culture?

In its eighth event of the year, the CIPR Crisis Communications Network has brought together a panel of experts to give their insights into the links and dynamic between corporate culture, politics, workplace engagement and crisis.

David Ferrabee is the Managing Director of Change, Culture and Engagement at Teneo. He advises clients on how to measure and manage their organisational cultures. In his experience culture can be the key to competitive advantage. However, most organisations pay too little attention to it, or only look seriously at it when it goes wrong. David has 30 years of experience working with leading companies around the world. He is a native Montrealer, based in London, but educated in France and Africa as well.

Fiona Hathorn is the CEO and Founder of Women on Boards, a purpose-led business launched in the UK in 2012 that works to increase diversity in executive and non-executive leadership. From an initial focus on supporting women into non-exec and board roles, WOB has evolved to work extensively with corporate partners on building inclusive cultures which are gender neutral and fully intersectional. WOB’s recent research Hidden Talent 2023 reveals the importance that an organisation’s people and culture have on its reputation and prosperity.

Dr Hannah White OBE is the Director of the Institute for Government and author of Held in Contempt: What's Wrong with the House of Commons?. She has extensive knowledge of Whitehall and Westminster, based on over a decade’s experience of Parliament and the civil service. This session will undoubtedly be one of our most interesting events to date.

Chaired by Chris Tucker and Katherine Sykes, Co-Chairs of the CIPR Crisis Communications Network, it will take place from 1.00-2.15pm BST on Tuesday, 28 November 2023.

Contact: Felix Östman
28/11/2023 13:00 - 14:15

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