We were set up as a company in the autumn of 2017, and we started to be visible with our launch at Reading’s Thames Tower on January 24th   to over 100 people.  We were delighted that Professor Beverley Kracher joined us in person and gave an insight into the Omaha Business Alliance – from whom we at Ethical Reading have learnt so much. We were supported by Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton on video. We were honoured to be joined by local figures such as Deputy Leader of Reading Borough Council, Councillor Tony Page, Sir John Madjeski, Paul Lindley of Ella’s Kitchen, and Superintendent Commander Stan Coulson of the Thames Valley Police.

Since then we have attracted 20 Partner organisations and 4 Supporter organisations in the Thames Valley area, and over 1500 individual Members globally.

Our web site has blogs on a wide range of topics related to ethics and mental health, contributed by us and our friends, it has links to ethics resources, and links to a number of volunteers and community organisations. It was implemented with the help of interns from the University of Reading in the summer of 2017.

We have held Meetups, which are free, open to all, evening sessions, on a wide range of topics:

February                              Ethics of AI

March                                   Bullying in the workplace

April                                      Fairness in the Workplace

May                                      Diversity

June                                     Creating a speakup culture

July                                      Why be moral?

September                           On the brink of burnout

October                                Three keys to resilience

November                            RESPECT

These have attracted from 15-35 people and feedback is highly positive!

We held a Breakfast Briefing on 1st November, hosted by Grant Thornton at their Winnersh Triangle offices, on Ethical Leadership. 49 people attended – the speakers were Major Martyn Cook, previously at the Centre for Army Leadership, Sandhurst; Loughlin Hickey of The Thinking Business; and Professor Emma Borg. The ratings were “world class”.

We have held 2 Open Days and 2 Mental Health Awareness sessions supporting out Health and Ethical Workplaces programme.

We have worked with Mark Neild of the University of the West of England on our strategic objectives, and Professors Emma Borg and Brad Hooker of the University of Reading on developing a Code of Ethics.

We have an amazing team of volunteers and a supportive and insightful Advisory Council! And 19 of us gathered for our Christmas dinner on 6th December.

How can we build on this next year? We hope we can!