Belfast Telegraph

CBI: Forty senior female executives debate public opinions

By CLARE WEIR

Forty senior female executives have taken part in an event to explain what business does for society.

Part of the CBI's Women in Leadership series, the event at James Street South Restaurant was sponsored by Deloitte and feeds into a wider campaign by the organisation called The Great Business Debate.

The CBI is encouraging its members across the UK to both listen to and answer public concerns earn the trust of the communities in which they operate.

The Belfast debate focused on issues including businesses' responsibilities towards the communities they serve, how business leaders can influence public confidence and specific problems faced by business leaders in Northern Ireland.

Event chair, Jackie Henry, a senior partner at Deloitte, that lack of public confidence was a major concern, but that there was a good story to tell in Northern Ireland.

"Even with the economy growing and creating jobs, many people do not believe that business is a force for good," she said.

"Businesses simply can't operate without their employees and consumers, and part of securing long-term sustainable growth will be about building public trust in companies, not just in what they do but how they behave."

Belfast Telegraph