Making Reading a better place to live and work

Business, social purpose and me: the tale of an individual journey towards meaningful responsibility

Business delivers things societies want or need, from goods and services through to things like wealth creation and employment. However, businesses also enjoy a range of benefits from society (such as access to an educated workforce, reliable transport links, and the...

Discussion – unwritten ground rules

When I presented the theme of Unwritten Ground Rules (the UGR concept was developed by Steve Simpson) to the group at the launch event, I noticed a lot of nodding when I was exploring some of the ways “things are actually done around here”. This may sit uncomfortably...

Ethics and AI – a debate

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) organised a debate at the IT Hall on 2 April and drew about 50 people. The event aimed to cut through the hype on artificial intelligence (AI) Ethics and provide thought leadership to the 6 charities that have...

Diversity and inclusion challenges

As part of Ernst & Young’s ongoing activities to support the economic prosperity and wellbeing of businesses and citizens across the Thames Valley, they held an event on 20 March to enhance connectivity and collaboration between the corporate and start-up communities....

Ethical Property

A breakfast workshop was organised by Lichfields, supported by Shoosmiths and Ethical Reading, on Wednesday 27 February 2019. The aims were to explore consensus among professionals on good and bad practice, to swap experiences and to explore any next steps. The...

Wellbeing at work – a seminar in aid of Launchpad 

Directors, HR Professionals and Senior Managers were invited to attend the #WellbeingatWork business breakfast seminar on February 8th, held at IKEA in Calcot and organised by IKEA and BalanceTime . The focus was on helping organisations...


There’s no doubt that respect plays a central role in our interactions with each other. But at the November meet up we also learned that respect affects the way in which we view ourselves. We started by identifying different ways in which the word ‘respect’ is used....

Ethics news – in schools, sustainability, business ethics

We were delighted to be invited to Leighton Park School on 30th January to meet with a group of sixth formers and discuss ethics. We worked with a real life case study on fairness. Each of the groups reached a different suggested course of action, but all thought that...

What might 2019 bring?

This is the time of the year when we look forward and ask – what might the New Year bring? It is easy to be gloomy, with headlines about chaos on the international stage and the effects of austerity affecting even our prosperous part of the UK. And CrossRail to...

The Quaker in Business Conference

I was privileged to be invited to talk about Ethical Reading at this conference, held at Friends House by Euston Station on 5th December. The theme of the conference was Trust and Integrity at work, and so I was contributing a short description of why and how we have...
Ethical Reading exists to help organisations in Reading and their teams do the right thing by each other, the wider community and the environment, and to thrive in the process.

It’s all about supporting people to take a compassionate, respectful and responsible approach when making decisions at every level, from the board room to everyday interactions.

We want to encourage organisations of all kinds and their employees to make more ethical choices. We’ll do this by bringing people together at events with inspirational speakers and opportunities to share ideas, and by providing access to thought-provoking training resources. More…

Embracing ethics at work

By embedding ethics into the way they work day to day, organisations can make a more positive impact on employees, customers, suppliers, communities and the environment.

We also believe that taking an ethical approach to financial control and governance can have a positive effect on an organisation’s own finances as well as the wider economy.

We want to encourage people in Reading to incorporate ethical values into the DNA of the organisations they belong to. Find out more about our visions and aims.

While our initial focus is on our own local area, we believe that people and organisations everywhere could benefit from a greater focus on ethical values. Find out more about the concept of Ethical Cities

Join us on this exciting journey!

Healthy and Ethical Workplaces

UK workplaces face significant mental health and overall well-being challenges, with stress often being a major contributor. The human cost is huge, with poor mental health and well-being having an impact on the lives of many individuals and those around them.

Ethical Reading working collaboratively with specialists is helping to tackle this in organisations in and around Reading. Find out more…

Let’s work together

Whichever organisations you’re involved with and whatever your role, we need your help to make Ethical Reading a success. So whether you’re the CEO of a corporation, an intern at a start-up, a volunteer at a charity or work in the public sector, if this sparks your interest, we’d love you to become a member. Although our focus is mainly on Reading and the surrounding area, you don’t necessarily need a connection with Reading to join and get involved. All are welcome!

We’re also looking for organisations to join us as partners and to sponsor events.

Upcoming events

  1. Ethical Reading Alumni Forum: Join us for a breakfast cuppa!

    September 11, 2019 @ 8:00 am - July 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am
  2. Webinar: How ethical is your workplace?

    September 20 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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