for Better Business
The Rumi Foundation has long been at the vanguard of a growing commitment towards ‘doing better business’ and working to ensure that our businesses move towards a more purposeful model.
Since 2012 the Foundation has, along with other top business leaders in the UK, been supporting events to underpin dialogue between faith communities; with a shared goal to promote tolerance and understanding, and to build a more compassionate model of capitalism.
The Blueprint for Better Business’s five principles for a purpose-driven business serve as a call to arms for all companies. These principles state that business should:
– Have a purpose which delivers long-term sustainable performance;
– Be honest and fair with customers and suppliers;
– Act as a good citizen;
– Be a responsible and responsive employer;
– Be a guardian for future generations.
In July 2018, The Rumi Foundation welcomed A Blueprint for Better Business and guest of honour the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, to a dinner at the RAC Club in London to espouse the values of doing better business.
Speaking at the event, Rumi Verjee drew inspiration from a seminal speech made by Martin Luther King Jr in 1964. He spoke of the ‘poverty of spirit’ which exists in modern life today; a poverty which stands in stark contrast to man’s technological and scientific accomplishments. He argued that we are in danger or allowing “the means by which we live to outdistance the ends for which we live.” Furthermore, Lord Verjee addressed the “spiritual lag” which Dr King prophesied would plague modern man. “If we are to survive today,” quoted Lord Verjee. “Our moral and spiritual ‘lag’ must be eliminated. Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul.” Through its charitable work and the inspiration that it provides to business, Blueprint is working to fill this gap.
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