CIPR to sponsor House of Commons debate on social purpose

The CIPR will host a Debating Group event on Monday November 26 in the House of Commons.

The motion, ‘Business best serves society by focusing on its bottom line’, will be proposed by Dr Jamie Whyte, Research Director at the Institute for Economic Affairs, and seconded by Valentina Kristensen, Director of Growth and Communications at Oaknorth Bank.

CIPR President, Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR and former President, Professor Anne Gregory Hon FCIPR will oppose the motion. The debate will be Chaired by CIPR Honorary Fellow, Lord McNally.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
We are delighted to return to the House of Commons for this eagerly anticipated debate. The motion provides us with the opportunity to explore the role of social purpose in the business world and the value it delivers to society. It promises to be an excellent debate and we look forward to welcoming our members to the evening.
Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive

The Debating Group has been holding debates in the House of Commons since 1975 and brings together public relations practitioners, marketers, politicians, journalists and the public together to discuss political issues in their respective industries.

CIPR members can claim 5 CPD points for attending the debate.

Tickets cost £25. The debate starts at 6pm and guests need to allow time to pass through parliament security. For further information, email the Debating Group’s Secretary, Doreen Blythe, or call 020 8202 5854.

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).