Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are living in unprecedented times, in which we are seeing the true importance of – and need for – real leadership, particularly to ensure the health and safety of people, everywhere.

Common Purpose, in response to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), will continue to deliver programmes, however this will be done through digital and virtual means where possible for the time being. As an organization, we strongly believe that in these challenging times, it is important we continue to provide opportunities for leaders to build strong, diverse networks; to develop leadership skills; and continue to lead across boundaries and to connect with each other – particularly given the advent of social distancing and potential for increased isolation. However, this needs to be facilitated in a socially responsible way. Therefore, until further notice, we will no longer deliver any of our programmes in physical spaces within the following countries – UK, USA, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany and Ireland. The health and wellbeing of our participants, staff, contributors and friends is our key priority. As lockdowns begin to ease in different countries, we will continue to monitor and respond to the situation on an ongoing basis.

We have also asked our staff to observe all local and national guidelines relating to Coronavirus – including avoidance of restricted areas of travel or travel in general, self-isolation or quarantine rules on return from travel and/or when showing symptoms of COVID-19 (however mild), and any social distancing guidelines. We have also, where needed, put in place measures to support our staff to work from home where national policy suggests. And while personal travel is currently extremely rare and not recommended by the organization, we have asked all staff to complete a self-declaration of any travel they are undertaking during this period so we can closely monitor their health, and in turn, the wellbeing of others.

We hope you stay safe, and stay healthy.

Updated 19 June 2020