The MBA Speaker Series: Erinch Sahan


TIME: 6:30 pm — 8:00 pm
VENUE: University of Exeter Business School, Henderson Lecture Theatre, Xfi, Building One University Of Exeter Business School, Rennes Drive,, Exeter, EX4 4PU

The MBA Speaker Series runs monthly at the University of Exeter and brings to the fore noteworthy and inspiring speakers looking at issues that address the major challenges confronting business and society.

The Exeter MBA invites you to the first guest lecture in the MBA Speaker Series for academic year 2019/20 on Thursday 17th October 2019.

“People, planet and profit – what’s the real deal ?” by Erinch Sahan, Chief Executive of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)*

Increasingly, societies are asking deep questions about the purpose of business. Meanwhile, a growing chorus of businesses claims to work for people, planet and profit. But how do we know who is authentic? With a global network of businesses spanning 76 countries that has tried to embody these principles for over 30 years, Erinch will present his insights from the WFTO, drawing from a diverse range of examples including worker, farmer and community ownership, to models of governance and profit distribution that aim to put people and planet before profit. These businesses may be proof of concept that businesses can put people and planet first.

*The WFTO is the global community of social enterprises that practice Fair Trade. Prior to the WFTO, Erinch spent 7 years at Oxfam leading campaign and advocacy teams, and founding Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative. He has also worked at Procter & Gamble as a market strategy manager and in Australia’s aid programme. Erinch also regularly lectures on sustainable business at a range of universities and writes extensively on social enterprise models. Erinch holds an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and has an academic background in law and finance.