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The Kindness Economy explores the new values driving businesses and the fundamental role they must play in our lives. Each episode, hear Mary talk best practice with inspiring business leaders as they explore this exciting new value system. Think People, Planet, Profit – in that order.

The Kindness Economy Mary Portas

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The Kindness Economy explores the new values driving businesses and the fundamental role they must play in our lives. Each episode, hear Mary talk best practice with inspiring business leaders as they explore this exciting new value system. Think People, Planet, Profit – in that order.

    Finding tomorrow’s Black entrepreneurs, with Eric Collins, Impact X CEO

    Finding tomorrow’s Black entrepreneurs, with Eric Collins, Impact X CEO

    In the UK last year, if you were a woman, just 2.9 per cent of
    venture capital went to you.
    If you were a black business founder you saw just 0.2 per cent of
    all investment capital.
    And if you were a black woman, it was a mere 0.02 per cent.
    "Those numbers mean there are a lot of individuals who are not
    being funded who have great ideas, and that some who don’t
    have such great ideas are getting funded, so that’s the issue,” says Eric Collins, CEO of Impact X, a venture capital fund that’s putting its money into backing under-represented entrepreneurs.
    Also on the programme, we announce our first two Portas Reports, available to purchase here and featuring:
    9 principles to build genuine trust – unpacked, explained and quantified 47 examples of progressive businesses to learn from 30 “what-if” questions to stretch your creative and commercial thinking A library of additional resources from inspiring thought leaders Purchase your copy now
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 44 min
    Creativity and risk in brand building, with John Schoolcraft, Oatly

    Creativity and risk in brand building, with John Schoolcraft, Oatly

    John Schoolcraft’s LinkedIn profile lists everything from dishwashing to shop assistant, DJ to Alice Cooper’s security guard among his previous jobs.
    But there’s one that he will forever be synonymous with: global chief creative officer at Oatly. Along with CEO Toni Petersson, John has transformed the unknown Swedish alt-milk brand into a global superstar with sales of $421 million in 2020.

    At the core of this challenger brand however are three values Oatly remains razor-focused on: nutritional health, sustainability and transparency. But how, in a world so packed with products and messaging, did John create the kind of global impact that Oatly has achieved? And now that it’s got so huge, how
    does Oatly protect itself from accusations of selling out? Can big really be kind? Mary finds out.
    Mary's new book, Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy is available to buy now.
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 38 min
    Supermarkets and sustainability with Richard Walker, Iceland MD

    Supermarkets and sustainability with Richard Walker, Iceland MD

    Richard Walker has taken his father’s business in a new direction since taking the helm. A passionate believer in the good that all businesses can do, and the critical importance of their role in combatting environmental damage, he’s committed to initiatives including banning palm oil in own-brand products to waging war on plastic.
    It’s created a lot of kickback and Richard has been on the end of some pretty stringent attacks. But he’s got broad shoulders. Join him and Mary as they talk business doing better and how supermarkets can contribute to lasting change.
    Mary's new book, Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy is available to buy now.
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 36 min
    Greenwashing in the energy industry, with Juliet Davenport, founder Good Energy

    Greenwashing in the energy industry, with Juliet Davenport, founder Good Energy

    We’re doing our bit, we’re buying green energy right? Not always. In fact, a third of the energy that’s marketed as renewable is in fact greenwashed by companies using loopholes in legislation. Juliet Davenport set up Good Energy in 1999, the UK’s first 100% renewable electricity supplier.
    Today the company produces its own electricity, generated in Britain from sun, wind, water and bioenergy, on their own solar and wind farms – as well as a network of 1600 renewable generators. In this episode, Mary talks to Juliet about how she started her own energy company, really buying green and how we as consumers can wisely choose who we buy from. 
    Mary's new book, Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy is available to buy now.
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 41 min
    How kindness builds the bottom line, with Anna Blackburn, Beaverbrooks managing director

    How kindness builds the bottom line, with Anna Blackburn, Beaverbrooks managing director

    Anna Blackburn is the first non-family member to run the jeweller Beaverbrooks. She’s also its first female managing director. And she’s more than doubled profits since she took the helm of the business.
    Anna has done this by building on a foundation already in place at Beaverbrooks which has always invested in its people. But taking this ethos a step further has allowed her to prove that The Kindness Economy betters the bottom line. As one of the few non-owner interviewees that Mary has had on the podcast, it’s a great insight into the change someone can create in a business they didn’t start themselves.
    Mary's new book, Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy is available to buy now.
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 36 min
    Fashioning a greener future, with Edzard van der Wyck, Sheep Inc co-founder

    Fashioning a greener future, with Edzard van der Wyck, Sheep Inc co-founder

    Sheep Inc is a new kind of fashion brand and its knitwear leaves behind zero emissions, zero harm and zero waste. The attention to detail needed to create this kind of accountability is staggering - involving everything from sourcing wool from regenerative farms to solar-powered knitting machines. Even the sheep that produce the company's wool are fed food that makes them burp less – and produce less methane.
    Sheep Inc is also a radically transparent brand and you can access entire provenance of your jumper by just scanning its tag. Mary as she talks to co-founder Edzard van der Wyck about what made him want to create this kind of fashion forward brand - and whether the industry as a whole is ever going to clean itself up.
    Mary's new book, Rebuild: how to thrive in the new Kindness Economy is available to buy now.
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 46 min

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