Publication RSA Inquiry Tomorrow’s Company: the role of business in a changing world

by Luke Robinson _______4th June 1995

Executive Summary

Its origins stem from a lecture given in 1990 by Charles Handy, Chairman of the UK’s RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) on the question ‘What is a Company For?’. This led to the agenda-setting inquiry ‘Tomorrow’s Company – the role of business in a changing world’, led by Sir Anthony Cleaver, then Chairman of IBM, which culminated in a report of the same name published in 1995.

The objective was to develop a shared vision of the company of tomorrow. The findings of the Inquiry, published in 1995, introduce the concept of an inclusive approach to business success in which a company:

The Centre for Tomorrow’s Company (CTC or ‘Tomorrow’s Company’) was founded in 1996 following the success of the Tomorrow’s Company Inquiry, and in response to demand from businesses involved in the inquiry to carry forward the work that started in the inquiry. The majority of our income continues to come from the membership subscriptions, donations and sponsorship by businesses that share our vision and work with us to shape our agenda and help realise our objectives.