*A road-map for a kinder, fairer capitalism that is fit for the 21st century*
Financial Times Book of the Month
‘The founder of Richer Sounds is one of the finest entrepreneurs we have.’ Archie Norman, chairman of Marks & Spencer
Capitalism has lost its way.
Every week brings fresh news stories about businesses exploiting their staff, avoiding their taxes, and ripping off their customers. Every week, public anger at the system grows. Now, one of Britain’s foremost entrepreneurs intervenes to make the case for putting business back firmly in the service of society, and setting out on a new path to a kinder, fairer form of capitalism.
Drawing on four decades of hands-on management experience, the founder of Richer Sounds argues that ethically run businesses are invariably more efficient, more motivated and more innovative than those that care only about the bottom line. He uncovers the simple tools that the best leaders use to make their businesses fair, revealing how others can follow suit. And he also delves into the big questions that modern capitalism has to answer if it is to survive and to thrive.
"The founder of Richer Sounds is one of the finest entrepreneurs we have." (Archie Norman, chairman of Marks & Spencer)
"This is a real eye-opener for people on the left and the right of the political spectrum." (John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York)
"What is the right order to rank the various stakeholders in a business? . . . One philosophy is that staff should come first. This perspective is put forward persuasively in a new book called The Ethical Capitalist, written by entrepreneur Julian Richer. I was briefly in business with Julian and came to admire his talents. He has huge energy, sound instincts, and enormous loyalty to the staff in his retail firm Richer Sounds." (Luke Johnson Sunday Times)
"If you are thinking of a great book to read look no further than Julian Richer’s The Ethical Capitalist." (James Timpson, Chief Executive, Timpson)