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How will the current crisis shape the social contract and business landscape in the wake of Covid-19?

  • 16 July 2020
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Online via Webex

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The Covid-19 crisis has resulted in the wholesale adoption of technologies and ways of working which would have been unimaginable only a few months ago. This disruption will continue to accelerate future of work trends and overcome what were stubborn challenges to business transformation. For many organisations the decisions they make now will determine the extent to which this crisis will act as a positive catalyst to rethink work, workplaces and workforces.

Even before the current crisis, companies were increasingly being challenged to respond to broader societal issues. The Covid-19 crisis has shone a light on structural deficiencies and inequalities and forced individuals and society as a whole to rapidly reassess what we value most. As organisations emerge from the crisis, they will find themselves operating in a world where expectations have shifted profoundly. How employers balance the needs of the business with the needs of their workforces and the wider community will impact on the levels of trust employees and consumers place in them and their success in meeting the challenges ahead.  What level of scrutiny and intervention might we see from government following its unprecedented support for the private sector and will a new form of social contract emerge? To what extent can and should organisations embrace the concept of stakeholder capitalism to meet changing expectations and mitigate corporate risk in adapting to these emerging pressures?

Confirmed speakers:

  • James Davies (Partner, Lewis Silkin)
  • Matthew Taylor (CEO, RSA) 
  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE (Chief Executive, Business in the Community)

Also in the series:

Data privacy and trust in the workplace – is a profound shift underway? - Thursday 2 July

Covid-19: rethinking space, tech and workplace culture - Thursday 9 July

This discussion series will be of interest to senior leaders, C-Suite, HR Directors, legal professionals and others with strategic people or policy-making roles


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James Davies


As a founder partner of Lewis Silkin’s employment practice, I have over 30 years’ experience of advising clients on employment issues large ...

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