Professor Colin Mayer, CBE

Financial Times: Future Forum

The role of the corporation in society

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the economy and society. The responses of companies will be under greater scrutiny than ever before.

Join Gillian Tett, Martin Wolf CBE & Professor Colin Mayer CBE discuss the role of the corporation in society.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, business leaders had pledged they would pursue a more responsible capitalism. They recognised the need for corporations to adopt a broader purpose in order to benefit stakeholders and society, rather than solely maximising shareholder value. Since then, the pandemic has had a devastating impact on the economy and society and the responses of companies to the crisis will be under greater scrutiny than ever before.

This session will explore how coronavirus will change the way business views its relationship and responsibility to society. How have corporations changed their relationships with their stakeholders in response to the pandemic? Can you really balance purpose and profit during the crisis? And what are the obstacles facing those that pursue responsible business practices?

  • Gillian Tett, Chair of the Editorial Board and Editor-at-large, US, Financial Times
  • Colin Mayer CBE, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford 
  • Martin Wolf CBE, Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times