On the 25 April, we hosted the first All-Party Parliamentary Group meeting of the year. We were privileged to have David Landsman OBE, Head of Tata in the UK, and Sir Dominic Cadbury, Former Chairman of Cadbury Schweppes, give their thoughts on faith-based ethics in business. David Landsman discussed the influence of Zoroastrianism on Jamsetji Tata and how that shaped Tata’s business practices globally. This resonated well with the thoughts of Sir Dominic Cadbury, who detailed the impact that historic Quaker values have had on the Cadbury business. There was a strong overlap between the two, with both speakers emphasising the need for businesses to promote the welfare of workers and to give back to the community.
His Excellency Navtej Sarna, the High Commissioner of India, spoke warmly of his experiences with the Parsi community over the years, even declaring that he worked for Tata as a young graduate. Mr Sarna went on to praise the Zoroastrian contribution to India, noting their role in India’s freedom movement, nation building, and subsequent development, as well as their contributions in many other fields such as sport and music. He highlighted the achievements of Zoroastrians like of Zubin Mehta, who he has a close connection with and has known for many years, as being vital to India’s success and stressed the benefits that India has gained from its decision to allow Parsis to settle in the country over a thousand years ago.
The meeting was covered by Antonia Filmer in the Sunday Guardian Live. The entire article can be accessed by clicking on this link provided.
You can also find a transcript of the speeches made by guest speakers provided below.