Making Reading a better place to live and work

Reading as a place to live and work

Our mission at Ethical Reading is to creating positive change in the greater Reading area. but why? How does Reading compare with other places in the UK? Does it need positive change? There are several sources of comparative data for Reading, The Centre for...

Bullying in the workplace meetup

Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect at work, yet sadly, bullying is all too common. A survey by YouGov in 2015 found that almost a third of people (29%) have been bullied at work with women (34%) being more likely to be victims than men...


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...

Brighter and ethical workplaces initiative

Following on from our December meetup on the topic of mental health in the workplace, we have now launched a project to enable us to focus more deeply on this important area. One of our founders, Gill Ringland, is leading the project, which we're running in...

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...

Building a community of ethical leaders

In the spring I had the privilege of leading a discussion for Ethical Reading on the idea of ‘ethical leadership’. Initially I wasn’t quite sure in what capacity I had been asked – I am a local councillor, a parliamentary candidate and I also run a small business...

Mental health in the workplace

Nearly 30 people met at the Great Expectations Hotel in Reading on the 28th November to discuss mental health at work. Keith Leslie, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mental Health Foundation told us about the massive adverse effect of poor mental health in...

Notes on the ethical foundations

I’d like to start by stating how impressed I am with the initiative behind, and the work already carried out by, Ethical Reading. It’s clear that meeting the serious challenges we face (as individuals, as local communities, and on a global scale) is going 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...

Reflections on Reading

Our mission at Ethical Reading is to creating positive change in Reading. In an earlier blog we mentioned some of the statistics that compare Reading with other places to live and work, comparing Reading with other urban areas in the UK. Statistics reflect all sorts...
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. Ethical Reading webinar: Conscientious objection in the workplace

    October 18 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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