24 episodes

The Kindness Economy is about making business better and making people and planet as important as profit. Join Mary as she talks to inspiring entrepreneurs - in everything from fashion to architecture - about how they’re helping make the business world a kinder place and what we can all do to help.

The Kindness Econom‪y‬ Mary Portas

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.6 • 647 Ratings

The Kindness Economy is about making business better and making people and planet as important as profit. Join Mary as she talks to inspiring entrepreneurs - in everything from fashion to architecture - about how they’re helping make the business world a kinder place and what we can all do to help.

    Kate Raworth and Doughnut Economics

    Kate Raworth and Doughnut Economics

    Kate Raworth calls herself a rebel economist and it’s true. Now a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, she was in fact switched off economics at university because it didn’t answer the questions she cared about like protecting the environment and challenging inequality. Luckily, she later reconnected with the topic and her 2017 book ‘Doughnut Economics’ has been published in 18 languages. She talks to Mary about the key principles.
    Plus, Mary talks to one of the Portas team about The Kindness Economy in action... looking at businesses this week that are making a difference. 
    To purchase the Kindness Economy Report, click here: https://portasagency.com/the-kindness-economy-report/p/the-kindness-economy
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
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    • 45 min
    Your money can change the world - with Bevis Watts

    Your money can change the world - with Bevis Watts

    You’re more likely to get divorced than you are to change your bank. But have you ever questioned how your money is being invested? Join Mary as she talks to Triodos UK CEO Bevis Watts about sustainable banking, the huge potential of the financial sector to create positive change and how we can all get involved.
    Plus, Mary talks to one of the Portas team about The Kindness Economy in action... looking at businesses this week that are making a difference. 
    To purchase the Kindness Economy Report, click here: https://portasagency.com/the-kindness-economy-report/p/the-kindness-economy
    To get in touch with team Portas, email us at: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
    Want subscribe to the Portas POV Newsletter for musings, provaction insights and inspiration? Click here: http://eepurl.com/dgJfwL
    Want to keep up-to-date with all things Portas? Follow us here:
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    • 47 min
    Fashion gets a conscience with Fanny Moizant

    Fashion gets a conscience with Fanny Moizant

    After years of new, new, new, the resale fashion business is booming as more and more of us get savvy about fashion’s impact on people and planet. Vestiare Collective is at the forefront of this movement and in this episode, Mary talks to co-founder Fanny Moizant about what inspired her – and the very feminine values she’s put at the heart of her business.

    • 42 min
    World-altering herbs, with Sebastian Pole

    World-altering herbs, with Sebastian Pole

    Can something as simple as making a cup of tea change the world? Maybe not quite. But it certainly can help if the tea is made by a company like Pukka Herbs – who have put respecting people and protecting planet at the heart of what they do. Join Mary in conversation with Pukka co-founder Sebastian Pole as they talk hope, environmentalism and what each of us can do to create change.
    Plus the latest updates from the Portas team about the businesses this week that are making a difference. 
    Find out more about the Kindness Economy report: https://portasagency.com/the-kindness-economy-report/p/the-kindness-economy
    Get in touch with team Portas: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
    Want to subscribe to the Portas POV Newsletter for musings, provaction insights and inspiration? Click here: http://eepurl.com/dgJfwL
    Want to keep up-to-date with all things Portas?
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/portasagency/
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    • 50 min
    Making the beauty industry more than skin deep with Mark Constantine

    Making the beauty industry more than skin deep with Mark Constantine

    Ethics are at the heart of beauty brand Lush which campaigns on political issues, animal & human rights. Hear co-founder Mark Constantine talk about what his team brings to his business and his passion for the potential that business has to do good.
    Plus the latest updates from the Portas team about the businesses this week that are making a difference. 
    Find out more about the Kindness Economy report: https://portasagency.com/the-kindness-economy-report/p/the-kindness-economy
    Get in touch with team Portas: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
    Want to subscribe to the Portas POV Newsletter for musings, provaction insights and inspiration? Click here: http://eepurl.com/dgJfwL
    Want to keep up-to-date with all things Portas?
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/portasagency/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/portas

    • 43 min
    Creating a new kind of business - with James Watt

    Creating a new kind of business - with James Watt

    BrewDog co-founder James Watt believes business, not governments, are the true drivers of change. And he's making sure his company is doing all it can to tackle climate change.
    In the first episode of this new series, Mary talks to James about his amazing story - from quitting his first ‘real’ job after two weeks to make beer that’s now a household name - and why it’s time for all of us to think carefully about the companies we buy into.
    Plus, Mary talks to one of the Portas team about The Kindness Economy in action... looking at businesses this week that are making a difference. 
    Find out more about the Kindness Economy report: https://portasagency.com/the-kindness-economy-report/p/the-kindness-economy
    Get in touch with team Portas: kindnesseconomy@portasagency.com
    Want to subscribe to the Portas POV Newsletter for musings, provaction insights and inspiration? Click here: http://eepurl.com/dgJfwL
    Want to keep up-to-date with all things Portas?
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/portasagency/
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/portas
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/portasagency?s=20

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
647 Ratings

647 Ratings

Nazgul72 ,

Switched

After listening to Bevis Watts - I switched my account! I have been with one of the major banks for many years. Bevis was so passionate in his beliefs, making us think differently about banks and how they invest and align their values.. love the podcast- thank you

ThomFielding ,

Talking Sense

Have admired Mary for a long time as someone who understands (particularly retail) business, and the flaws which those foundations have been built on. This podcast is a great listen, and while many of the businesses featured have made mistakes, that’s all part of the kindness Mary is promoting.

small maker ,

Inspiring

Listening to the kindness economy whilst sewing for my small sole trader business , interesting to listen to entrepreneurs , business owners and really love Mary’ s positivity , philosophy and approach to business .
As a very small craft business , the balance of the love of making and covering costs and making any money is so tricky ! Would be great to discuss sole trader crafts businesses some time and informing customers about the reason why buying hand made is more expensive but so worth it on so many levels
Thankyou Mary - really interesting listening

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