Maja Pawinska Sims 14 Jul 2020 // 3:38PM GMT
LONDON — Hanover Communications and the RSA (the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) have launched a joint offer to help CEOs reconfigure their businesses post-Covid.
The partnership – part of Hanover’s ‘Rewire’ post-Covid initiative – is designed to help CEOs to respond to dramatic changes in the world of work as a result of the pandemic, as well as other recent expectations around diversity, supply chain traceability and transparency, employee wellbeing and community contribution, all at a time of commercial strain.
The offer will be led by Hanover founder and CEO Charles Lewington and RSA chief executive Matthew Taylor, who was head of the Number 10 Policy Unit under prime minister Tony Blair.
Lewington (pictured) said: “The smartest CEOs have realised the extent to which their world has changed. Covid-19 has created a significant financial impact. But it has also disrupted the relationship between head office and front-line staff. It has transformed everything we thought we knew about office life. It has weakened supply chains.
“And over the same period of time we have witnessed a rise in activism and a demand – from employees and customers – for business to articulate clearly what they stand for, and take action. It’s inevitable that corporate and brand strategies are being reviewed.
We are delighted to partner with the RSA to create an offer which is truly original in the industry, innovative and creative in approach and practical in its execution. Our intention is to help CEOs to think big, and deliver.”
Taylor added: “In years to come we will examine the actions of those in leadership across politics, business and culture throughout the Covid recovery period. Inevitably this is a challenging time for business. But it is also a generational opportunity to reset business purpose and to understand and evolve the broad impact that an organisation has on society.