Roger Steare is Visiting Professor of Organisational Ethics, and Corporate Philosopher in Residence at the Cass Business School in London. His early career included roles as a social worker and banker, and ten years as chief executive of a recruitment company. He is also a fellow of the UK cross-party policy think tank, ResPublica founded by Phillip Blond in 2009. His essay on The Power of Love in Business was included in ResPublica’s “Changing The Debate: The Ideas Redefining Britain”.
Roger was a member of the Expert Drafting Committee for Rights and Humanity, invited by the British Government to prepare recommendations for the G20 London Summit in April 2009. In collaboration with Athens-based chartered psychologist Pavlos Stamboulides, Roger conducts empirical research on moral character, judgement and behaviour. Some of this research was published in The Times in October 2010, in a speech by Hector Sants of the Financial Services Authority in 2010 and by PwC UK in 2010. He is co-designer of the psychometric profile MoralDNA, used to measure moral values.
Roger is the author of ethicability, first published in 2006 and now in its 4th edition. He is a regular contributor to the FT and to Chartered Banker magazine in which he challenges the “dysfunctional totalitarian construct” of modern corporations. On 22 July 2012, he was a guest on the BBC World Service’s “In the Balance” programme, in an episode entitled Holding Companies to Account.
Roger has developed programs in leadership, ethics and corporate responsibility for organisations including BP, Citigroup, HSBC, PwC, the Financial Services Authority and the Serious Fraud Office. Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, BP incorporated Roger’s ethicability RIGHT framework for ethical decision-making into the BP 2011 Code of Conduct. After the global financial crisis in 2008, Roger advised HSBC’s senior leadership team on how to strengthen their values, decision-making and culture, and in the following 3 years, HSBC reported increased profits by over 55% to £1.54bn.