The Kindness Economy

The Kindness Economy explores the new values driving businesses and the fundamental role they must play in our lives. Each episode, hear Mary talk best practice with inspiring business leaders as they explore this exciting new value system. Think People, Planet, Profit – in that order.

Business
Entrepreneurship
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Repairing clothes and communities, with Patrick...
Patrick Grant knows that fashion has the potential to be about far more than the clothes we wear: from supporting disadvantaged communities to the ultimate anti-dote to throwaway consumerism.  And he’s working at many levels of the industry to...
35 min
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Rewriting the rules, with Dale Vince, Ecotricit...
Dale Vince isn’t your average entrepreneur.  After leaving school at 15, he spent ten years living off grid in buses, trucks and underneath tarpaulin.  In 1996 he founded Ecotricity with one windmill in Gloucestershire. The company now...
43 min
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Using business to save the planet, with Beth Th...
When Yvon Chouinard became a member of the Southern California Falconry Club in 1953, he was taught how to abseil down cliffs to view the birds’ nests and it sparked a lifelong love of climbing and the outdoors. Twenty years later he founded the...
39 min
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Creating a truly inclusive beauty brand, with S...
FOR a long time, the world of beauty was stuck in the old ways of perfume counter selling, excess packaging – and those giveaway foundation samples in magazines that only ever came in some shade of peach. As a teenager of Nigerian heritage, Simi...
34 min
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Developing healthy food relationships with Mark...
Ella’s Kitchen is a lot more than a baby and toddler food company. Its core mission is to improve children’s lives by developing healthy relationships with food.  But it’s also a B Corps - which means it takes its responsibilities to people...
33 min
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How sports can help save the planet, with Micha...
More than three billion people watched the last World Cup final. The reach–and potential impact–of sport is almost limitless. But while social issues are increasingly creating a stir in sport, the environment isn’t yet making quite such an...
35 min
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Meat isn’t the problem it’s industrial farming ...
Food is under increasing scrutiny and meat is high on the agenda. Everyone - from the authors of the UK’s national food strategy to the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – are telling us to eat less of it. But Glen...
29 min
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How to make our homes kinder, with Frieda Gorml...
Frieda Gormley and her husband Javvy M Royle dreamed up the idea for their interior brand at the kitchen table. Ten years on, House of Hackney is one of the most influential – and aspirational - British interiors brands. Best known for its use of...
34 min
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Finding tomorrow’s Black entrepreneurs, with Er...
In the UK last year, if you were a woman, just 2.9 per cent of venture capital went to you. If you were a black business founder you saw just 0.2 per cent of all investment capital. And if you were a black woman, it was a mere 0.02 per cent. "Those...
44 min
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Creativity and risk in brand building, with Joh...
John Schoolcraft’s LinkedIn profile lists everything from dishwashing to shop assistant, DJ to Alice Cooper’s security guard among his previous jobs. But there’s one that he will forever be synonymous with: global chief creative officer at...
38 min
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Supermarkets and sustainability with Richard Wa...
Richard Walker has taken his father’s business in a new direction since taking the helm. A passionate believer in the good that all businesses can do, and the critical importance of their role in combatting environmental damage, he’s committed to...
36 min
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Greenwashing in the energy industry, with Julie...
We’re doing our bit, we’re buying green energy right? Not always. In fact, a third of the energy that’s marketed as renewable is in fact greenwashed by companies using loopholes in legislation. Juliet Davenport set up Good Energy in 1999, the...
41 min
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How kindness builds the bottom line, with Anna ...
Anna Blackburn is the first non-family member to run the jeweller Beaverbrooks. She’s also its first female managing director. And she’s more than doubled profits since she took the helm of the business. Anna has done this by building on a...
36 min
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Fashioning a greener future, with Edzard van de...
Sheep Inc is a new kind of fashion brand and its knitwear leaves behind zero emissions, zero harm and zero waste. The attention to detail needed to create this kind of accountability is staggering - involving everything from sourcing wool from...
46 min
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Building a community, with Simon Mottram, Rapha...
People who buy from sportswear specialist don’t just buy product - they buy into a global brand that’s all about connection. Whether it’s a clubhouse, cycling group or via technology, Rapha’s people connect first through their shared passion...
40 min
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How food can build a better future with Rosie B...
The frozen food brand Cook is a true family business. Co-founder Edward Perry was inspired by his parents’ frozen cake company to set up Cook and then joined in the business by brother James and sister Rosie, who’s now co-CEO. An early B Corps,...
35 min
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We're back...
The Kindness Economy returns this Thursday. !
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Measuring progress with Michael Green & a Porta...
Michael Green is CEO of the Social Progress Imperative - an organisation that’s helping national and local government accurately measure what life is like for ordinary people. It’s a fascinating move towards measuring more than just money and...
42 min
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Building the future with Amanda Levete
Architecture is not just about what we build - but how we live. And Amanda Levete CBE believes our homes, shops, offices and public spaces can be radically reimagined in the future. In this fascinating discussion she tells Mary how we can apply those...
46 min
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Kate Raworth and Doughnut Economics
Kate Raworth calls herself a rebel economist and it’s true. Now a Senior Research Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, she was in fact switched off economics at university because it didn’t answer the questions she...
45 min
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Your money can change the world - with Bevis Watts
You’re more likely to get divorced than you are to change your bank. But have you ever questioned how your money is being invested? Join Mary as she talks to Triodos UK CEO Bevis Watts about sustainable banking, the huge potential of the financial...
47 min
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Fashion gets a conscience with Fanny Moizant
After years of new, new, new, the resale fashion business is booming as more and more of us get savvy about fashion’s impact on people and planet. Vestiare Collective is at the forefront of this movement and in this episode, Mary talks to co-founder...
42 min
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World-altering herbs, with Sebastian Pole
Can something as simple as making a cup of tea change the world? Maybe not quite. But it certainly can help if the tea is made by a company like Pukka Herbs – who have put respecting people and protecting planet at the heart of what they do. Join...
50 min
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Making the beauty industry more than skin deep ...
Ethics are at the heart of beauty brand Lush which campaigns on political issues, animal & human rights. Hear co-founder Mark Constantine talk about what his team brings to his business and his passion for the potential that business has to do...
43 min
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Creating a new kind of business - with James Watt
James Watt believes business, not governments, are the true drivers of change. And he’s making sure BrewDog, the company he co-founded, is doing all it can to tackle climate change. In the first episode of this new series, Mary talks to James about...
38 min
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Introducing The Kindness Economy, with Mary Portas
Join Mary Portas in this brand new series, as she talks to inspiring entrepreneurs - in everything from fashion to architecture - about how they’re helping make the business world a kinder place and we what we can all do to help. Starts Thursday....
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SPECIAL: The WLAW Phone-in 2020
Happy International Women's Day! Join Mary and her closest advisers from Portas Agency as they offer advice and guidance for a range of talented women working in UK business today - plus a familar voice surprises the team...    
36 min
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Work Like A Woman: Good business with Julian Ri...
The founder of Richer Sounds is one of the UK's leading lights of responsible capitalism - in this interview with Mary, he takes us through the way he has run his business, why he decided to give control to his employees, and the launch of the Good...
40 min
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Work Like A Woman: Mental Health Allies, with J...
The CEO of Europe's biggest media agency, with a staff of over 4000, Josh Krichefski speaks to Mary and Portas Agency's Culture Director Emily Bryce-Perkins about the stories they share about mental health, and how it's raised awareness and empathy in...
30 min
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Work Like A Woman: Sharing the social load, wit...
British Jamaican entrepreneur Sharmadean Reid has founded two successful businesses and shows no sign of slowing down. In this empowering conversation, she discusses the origins of WAH Nails, Beautystack and the role family and friends have played in...
41 min
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Work Like A Woman: Saying Yes, with Inga Beale
The first woman in charge of insurer Lloyds of London talks to Mary Portas and Portas Agency's culture director Emily Bryce Perkins about how she got to the top of this 333 year-old financial institution - and what all women can learn from her...
38 min
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Work Like A Woman: The Male Paradox, with Toby ...
The editor of Men's Health, the UK's best selling men's magazine, chats to Mary Portas and her culture director Emily Bryce-Perkins about the challenges men face in an equal society. Plus, there's talk on Christmas windows, the new Harvey Nichols...
32 min
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Work Like A Woman: Financial independence, with...
Theatre director and founder of the Women Of The World festival Jude Kelly drops in to Portas to speak to Mary about her new project, the WOW foundation. Also on the show, Mary is joined by Emily Bryce-Perkins, co-host and Culture Director of Mary’s...
34 min
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Work Like A Woman: Philippa Perry: The Art Of S...
The UK's most popular psychotherapist joins Mary and Emily Bryce-Perkins, co-host and Culture Director of Mary’s creative agency and consultancy , to learn what parenting techniques can be applied in boardrooms, too. Plus, in this first episode...
35 min
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Work Like A Woman: Plain speaking with Bryony G...
Telegraph writer Bryony Gordon had hidden her true self from others, and herself, for many years - until finally, one day, she wrote a column about her experiences of alcoholism, OCD and anxiety. Mary & Emily speak to Bryony about how her...
44 min
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Work Like A Woman - exclusive extract
What kind of a podcast would we be if there wasn't a little treat every now and then? In this episode, Mary Portas and Emily Bryce-Perkins introduce two extracts from the book, Work Like A Woman, which inspired this podcast. This audiobook extract is...
34 min
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Work Like A Woman: Selling sausage rolls with R...
The chief executive of Greggs, Roger Whiteside OBE, joins Mary and Emily to discuss how he's grown the baker, but not at the expense of his workforce. Over his career he's seen the worst excesses of alpha management culture... yet kept true to...
30 min
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Work Like A Woman: Campaigning with Caroline Cr...
Mary & Emily return to The Attic to talk POLITICS... and are joined by a campaigner who, amongst many notable achievements, persuaded the Bank of England to put Jane Austin on the £10 note. Now Caroline Criado Perez - OBE, don't you know -...
38 min
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Special: Mary live in London
This week we bring you a special edition of Work Like A Woman, where Mary was interviewed by broadcaster Miranda Sawyer in front of a live audience at the Shaw Theatre, London. Together they discuss Mary's roots, her progression through some of the...
46 min
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Work Like A Woman: Social editing with Viv Groskop
What does it take to hold a room? The world of stand-up comedy is still dominated by male comedians, but as writer-turned-comic Viv Groskop tells Mary Portas, it's all about finding your voice. Also on the programme, we peak behind the scenes of The...
41 min
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Work Like A Woman: Embracing Failure with Eliza...
Journalist and author Elizabeth Day made, as we all do, some questionable decisions when she started in her chosen career - some were in her power to change... others less so. In our feature interview this week Elizabeth tells us how those mistakes...
39 min
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Work Like A Woman: Flex Appeal with Anna Whiteh...
Everyone in the UK is entitled to ask for flexible working hours - but most of the time that request is denied. Mary and Emily sit down with Flex Appeal founder Anna Whitehouse (aka Mother Pukka) to discover what we can do to change the culture....
35 min
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What is Work Like A Woman?
Alongside Portas Agency's culture director Emily Bryce-Perkins, and a host of guests from Bryony Gordon to Elizabeth Day, Mary talks work culture, kindness, flexible working, the mental load and much more.
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