What can businesses learn from the Rowntrees?

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

A booklet highlighting what modern businesses can learn from the Rowntree family’s principles for sustainable employment.

The Rowntrees achieved great commercial success through their chocolate factory, based in York, but their legacy extends far beyond their famous confectionery. They have had a huge impact on social reform, the understanding of poverty, enlightened business practices and the minimum wage – all still major concerns today.

This booklet looks at what we can learn from the Rowntrees about:

  • decent living standards and income;
  • engaged workers;
  • leadership;
  • working conditions and employee welfare;
  • management and capitalism.


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