Press release

Salt conference to bring Christian business leaders together

Friday, 5 October, Central Hall Westminster

Christian Aid is inviting business leaders from a range of sectors to join them for the first Salt Business Network #StandTogether conference. The new one-day London event features five prominent global business leaders and a wealth of workshops designed to inspire and engage delegates to use their business to help transform global and local communities.
The conference will provide the opportunity to discover how Christian business leaders can be supported and equipped to be a changemaker in their workplaces and business sectors as well as providing opportunities to support fledgling businesses overseas. The Salt network is built on partnerships that will equip everyone to transform lives and embrace the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Helen Howe, Christian Aid’s Salt Network Manager said: “Our October Salt Business Network conference is a fresh step to enable new Christian partnerships to develop and discover more about the transformative effect that business can have in our world.
Helen continued, “Salt already has five UK networking hubs operational with two more in the offing, and our first international hub planned for next year. We are here to work together, united in the belief that poverty in all its forms is an outrage and that business done well can not only generate profit but can make a real positive change in the lives and communities of those in greatest need globally.”
“Since launch Salt membership has steadily grown and later this year some members will be part of our first self-funded overseas trip to Bolivia to visit some of the social enterprise work projects we’ve been able to support. This includes, handicrafts enterprise Caleidoscopio, located in La Paz and Chalalán S.A., a community owned ecotourism company located in the heart of the Madidi National Park in the Bolivian Amazon.”  
The #StandTogether conference speakers include:
  • Paul Gerrad, Director, Group Policy and Campaigns at Co-operative Group
  • Lord Dr Michael Hastings of Scarisbrook CBE, Global Head of Citizenships for KPMG International
  • David Conner, founder of 2030hub and Coethica
  • Sophi Tranchell MBE, Managing Director, Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade cocoa cooperative in Ghana
  • Martin Rich, Future Fit Foundation’s cofounder and Executive Director
In addition, delegates will be able to choose from eight workshops including modern slavery in supply chains, putting purpose into practice and the Bible and business.
Tickets cost £55 per person and anyone wishing to attend can register at

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  1. Christian Aid’s Salt Business Network was founded in 2016 to provide a new opportunity for visionary business leaders. The Salt Network brings together business leaders to create a unique movement that unites the strengths of faith and business to tackle global poverty. The network will be motivated to learn about, support and engage in sustainable solutions for the world’s poorest communities, reframing what it means to be in business.
  2. Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We are where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.
  3. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.
  4. Christian Aid is a member of ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development
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