Impact

2020 Impact Report

In 2020

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Common Purpose delivered programmes to 9,091 leaders

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They come from 67 countries

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They join over 100,000 Common Purpose alumni worldwide

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We’ve worked with over 1,000 organizations and universities

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Measuring impact

We measure our impact through an assessment system that records learning and behaviour change against 8-12 behavioural skills taken from our impact framework. Read more...

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96% work with people who are different from them

94% adjust their behaviour in culturally diverse situations

96% build stronger working relationships

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95% adapt to new environments

94% bring in wider perspectives when making key decisions

88% live with ambiguity

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93% influence beyond their circle of authority

93% thrive in complexity

92% act more courageously in difficult situations

2020

A year of agility

The events of this year required our organization to truly pivot; shifting, developing new strategies, and transforming how we operate. We look back at Common Purpose’s achievements and milestones in 2020.

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Read the foreword from Adirupa Sengupta, Group Chief Executive

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Our year

New online initiatives and campaigns. Programmes that connected leaders from six continents. Amazing contributors, including astronauts and former Heads of State. Discover how we developed over 9,000 cross-boundary leaders in 2020.

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The impact of our work with partners

Learn more about our work with new and existing partners in 2020 including: American Express Foundation, Barclays, BNP Paribas, Chicago Community Trust, Co-op, King’s Business School, MAVA, Fondation pour la Nature, RMIT University, Universitas21 and Toyota Kirloskar Motors.

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The impact of experiential online learning

Our experiential online approach proved to be both energizing and impactful for participants who were developing crucial leadership skills in a global crisis. Hear what our participants had to say about Common Purpose online learning.

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Celebrating cross-boundary leaders

This year, we celebrate leaders who are creating change in both work and society. They are the kind of leaders we need right now. They have made a difference. They have made an impact.

Wei

Wei

Finding ways to innovate Singapore's healthcare system in my new role as Deputy Secretary for the Ministry of Health

Alvin

Alvin

Realizing how GE Digital can benefit from cross-sector collaborations in an increasingly global world

Emilie

Emilie

Leading with self-awareness, openness and empathy to support the most vulnerable in Yangon

Madeleine

Madeleine

Promoting inclusion through the COVID-19 pandemic

Ute Richard

Ute and Richard

After the programme, two German alumni were propelled to start an innovative agency connecting people and ideas

Taine

Taine

Using personal agility to benefit the LGBTQI+ community

Emb

Emb

By bringing in wider perspectives, I found confidence in my voice as a diaspora leader

Our work

with business

Many organizations appreciate the importance of leadership development and its overall contribution to commercial success. Each year we work with many businesses to develop their leadership talent – both through our open programmes and through our in-house, customized solutions. Read more...

We’ve worked with:

BNP Paribas
Deloitte UK
EY
BMW Group
DHL

"I was inspired to discover and gain a more thorough understanding of my core values, which I am happy to say I can better articulate and lead with. I took these learnings from the Common Purpose programme and have applied them at HubSpot. These sessions have led to transformative experiences that strengthen our teams and make a better work environment." – Michael Ewing, Team Manager, Renewal Management, HubSpot Ireland

Our work

to support diversity in leadership

For over 30 years we’ve worked tirelessly to promote diversity in leadership. We provide a proven, viable proposition for organizations who are serious about investing in the leadership potential of historically marginalized groups, as well as their Diversity and Inclusion as a whole. Read more...

"Diversity and Inclusion are hugely important to us at Baillie Gifford. We are proud that, in partnership with Common Purpose, we are able to sponsor leadership development opportunities for people from minority ethnic backgrounds. Common Purpose’s track record in widening leadership to a more diverse audience is unparalleled." – Samantha Pattman, Sponsorship Manager, Baillie Gifford

"Common Purpose championed diversity within leadership long before it was valued by businesses and institutions. By recognizing the need for – and supporting – leaders from many different backgrounds, they were not just years ahead – they were decades ahead." – Dal Babu, Former Borough Commander, Metropolitan Police, NHS Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Seacole Group, the network of Black and Minority Ethnic Non-Executive Directors in the NHS

Our work

with diaspora leaders

For eleven years, we have delivered programmes for diaspora leaders, including programmes for Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Zimbabwean and Syrian diaspora leaders. Read more...

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As a result of the programme, participants said they were more confident in their voice as a diaspora leader

"This is the first workshop, of many I have attended, that gave me a huge amount of positive energy, changed my perspective and encouraged me to put new plans in my life. It increased my capability, gave me many new skills and increased the possibility of collective future work in the diaspora." – Samara Atassi, Co-founder & Board Member, Souriyat Across

Our work

with leaders on the environment

Common Purpose has been supporting leaders working on environmental challenges by developing their cross boundary leadership – people working in a wide range of disciplines from energy to biodiversity conservation, from sustainable farming to biotech. Read more...

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participants in 71 countries

"We wanted to work with Common Purpose on the MAVA Leaders for Nature Academy because of their track record, and their expertise in cross-boundary leadership. It has proved to be a very successful and fruitful partnership. It is hugely important that leaders working in conservation, and the wider environmental movement, are able to work collaboratively with leaders from other fields." – Lynda Mansson, Director General, MAVA Foundation

Our work

with the next generation

The next generation of leaders are preparing to live and work in a fast, fluid and disrupted world. Common Purpose delivers experiential leadership programmes that give the next generation broader horizons and develop skills and competencies to be inclusive leaders. Read more...

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of participants said that the learning and development from the programmes has helped them progress in their careers

"In our ever more complex and interconnected world which has no obvious historical parallel, Common Purpose has developed a breakthrough idea about the importance of Cultural Intelligence in order to navigate both this new world and its contradictions. It has important implications and raises questions about our current systems for those of us involved in educating and developing our future global citizens." – Rakesh Khurana, Dean, Harvard College

Legacy: A global campaign

Legacy is a global campaign, which invests in young people across the world so they can become a connected generation of leaders with a clear vision for what their legacy will be. Now more than ever, we need to involve young leaders in shaping the future of the places where they live and work. Read more...

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said that the Legacy network will help them to make a more positive contribution in their city

"After being part of Nigeria75, I realized that I cannot be complacent anymore. I cannot complain and not act. I have been given the opportunity to come up with ideas on how to change the Nigerian economy and many speakers who came taught me that I can do it just like they have." – Hamidu Nabila, Nigeria75 Participant