A new podcast series with valuable insights on business sustainability, social responsibility and ethical decision making.


A podcast series with valuable insights on leadership, business sustainability, social responsibility and ethical decision making.

Hosted by Dr Simon Longstaff AO from The Ethics Centre, this is a podcast for emerging and established leaders interested in how the business world is changing.  

Until recently, being a successful business person was synonymous with maximising profits. Today, the measures for success are more difficult to define, with environmental and social responsibility, long term sustainability, and ethics added to the mix.   

In this series, we speak to pioneers in business, whose ideas of leadership challenge traditional stereotypes. We gain insights into how they got to where they are, what good leadership looks like and what advice they have for the business leaders of the future. 

Hear from influential business leaders on how they approach leadership, ethics in their work and how they see the future shaping up.  

In the latest episodes, we talk to CEO of Mirvac Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, former Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra Tim Walker, Professor of Collective Intelligence, Public Policy and Social Innovation at University College London Sir Geoff Mulgan, Experience Director with Oracle Roshni Hegerman, and founders of Life Itself Sylvie Barbier and Rufus Pollock. 

Catch up on insightful conversations with renowned Australian business leader David Gonski, environmental economist Pavan Sukhdev, practical campaigner Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE, founding Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Deputy Chair of Australia Post Holly Kramer and world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development John Elkington. 

“I think we are humans and as managers we must never forget that we’re humans. And we have obligations to our society as humans which we bring to every part of the world in which we work.” – David Gonski 

It’s important to understand that it’s not all about you, that the world is about others, that you occupy it with. So how can you actually help make things better, not just for yourself, but for the people around you?  – Roshni Hegerman

“Companies are not merely machines to make money for shareholders, they should have purpose. In fact, they should begin with purpose and then define their path to profitability. And these ideas would have been crazy 10, 15, 20 years ago, but they’re not anymore.” – Pavan Sukhdev 

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Sir Geoff Mulgan on what makes a good leader

Sir Geoff Mulgan sat down with The Ethics Centre’s Dr Simon Longstaff to discuss trust, power and what makes a good leader.

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz on diversity and urban sustainability

Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz discusses how we can redefine the landscape to create more sustainable and connected urban environments, leaving a legacy for generations to come.

Tim Walker on finding the right leader

Former CEO and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tim Walker discusses what it takes to grow a profitable business and find the right leader.

Roshni Hegerman on creativity and constructing an empowered culture

One of the most awarded strategic thinkers globally, Roshni Hegerman discusses creativity, psychological safety and constructing an empowering culture.

Sylvie Barbier and Rufus Pollock on failure and fostering a wiser culture

Sylvie Barbier and Rufus Pollock uncover the realities of being a leader, the importance of failure and fostering a wiser culture.

John Elkington on business sustainability and ethics

John Elkington is a world authority on corporate responsibility and sustainable development. Elkington sat down to chat about the future of business sustainability.

Holly Kramer on diversity in hiring

Holly Kramer, Deputy Chair of Australia Post & Non-Executive Director on the Boards of Woolworths, discusses diversity in hiring and responsible management.

Dame Julia Cleverdon on social responsibility

Passionate and practical campaigner who gained an international reputation for ‘connecting the unconnected’, Dame Julia Cleverdon discusses the future of business sustainability and social responsibility.

Georg Kell on climate and misinformation

Founder of the United Nations Global Compact, Georg Kell discusses sustainable development goals and how businesses can take the opportunity to learn before crises occur.

Pavan Sukhdev on markets of the future

Environmental economist, Pavan Sukhdev sits down to discuss business sustainability, valuing human capital and the markets of the future.

David Gonski on corporate responsibility

Renowned Australian businessman, David Gonski, discusses the future of business sustainability, climate and corporate responsibility. 

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A production of The Ethics Centre. Produced by Kara Jensen-Mackinnon. Music by Podington Bear. Hosted by Dr Simon Longstaff.