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Trust Leadership Institute

It’s time for a new era of leadership

Amidst the changing business landscape, the new currency of business is trust. PwC’s Trust Leadership Institute convenes a diverse community of executives to explore this evolving world, navigate the complexities and embrace the opportunities.

Together, through immersive, interactive experiences, we will chart a course to earn trust, deliver sustainable outcomes and make lasting impact on business and society. For today. For good.

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Why the Trust Leadership Institute?

As business and the broader landscape shifts beneath our feet, it's becoming increasingly clear which organizations will likely emerge in a better position. It will be those who treat trust as a currency, who value trust as an asset and who embed trust as a core operating principle.

The Trust Leadership Institute creates unique and powerful learning opportunities for participants and their organizations, including:

  • A community of top minds focused on trust building: We convene executives, thought leaders, luminaries and public figures with deep experience and knowledge of how to earn trust while delivering sustained outcomes across business, media, academia and government.
  • A connected community to drive change: We’ll broaden our perspectives through discussions within carefully designed peer cohorts and grow our community of fellow leaders who are driven by doing the right things, for the right reasons, for the most meaningful outcomes.
  • Lasting real-world impact: To seize the opportunities ahead of us, we explore real-world dilemmas, expanding our understanding of the interdependencies of trust. The community is empowered to address critical situations with a connected, thoughtful and decisive action plan.
  • Scaling a culture of trust: We’ll move beyond good intentions, creating the conditions necessary for trust to thrive. Together, we’ll build a framework to embed a culture of trust across our organizations—clarifying our goals, strengthening our teams and enhancing stakeholder engagement.

Business leaders overestimate how much consumers and employees trust them

Qs: On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think your customers trust your company? On a scale of 1-10, how much do you trust companies in the following industries? On a scale of 1-10, how much do you think your employees trust your company? On a scale of 1-10, how much do you trust your employer?
Source: PwC Consumer Intelligence Series on Trust, June 2022
Base: Business leaders 503; Employees 2,002; Consumers 2,508

A unique trust-based perspective

Covering emerging topics on challenges businesses face today.

Cybersecurity and Privacy

The decisions we make when preparing for and managing a cyber and privacy crisis can have a significant impact on the trust our organizations hold in the market. Our insights will uncover how strategic technology and cyber and privacy investments can inspire higher customer, privacy and cyber trust, improve performance and increase value.

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Trust in Data and Technology

As businesses adapt with disruptive technology, we need to keep in mind our responsibility to humanity—focusing on tech that’s not only good for business, but that also reflects inclusivity, improves user experience and protects personal data. Our insights will explore the complexities of data trust—and how to respond decisively.

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Ethical Decision-Making

Leaders face brand-defining decisions that must often be made with incomplete data. These situations require consideration of how decisions impact investors, customers, employees, competitors, regulators and society. Our insights will explore ethical decision-making processes and help build a corporate culture rooted in ethics that considers the interests of all stakeholders.

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Building a Culture of Transparency

Transparency requires authenticity (even in the face of adversity), and context (even in the face of success). We’ll explore the changing landscape around organizational transparency and how it can help sustain trust-based stakeholder relationships.

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Changing the Value Equation in Supply Chains

Global supply chains are increasingly interconnected, interdependent, and vulnerable to outside forces.  Successful organizations will pivot the strategic positioning of their supply chain from a “sunk cost” to a “market differentiator” by addressing global factors such as war, pandemic, and other crises, You will learn how to change the value equation of your supply chain, innovating to help mitigate risk, drive efficiency, ensure transparency, and earn trust to create a resilient supply chain.

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Empowering Economic Mobility

Economic mobility—or lack thereof—is a mounting challenge within both advanced and emerging economies. Together, we’ll explore how to earn trust and fulfill responsibilities to communities in the decisions made both inside and outside our organizations.

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The New Workforce Contract

The “contract” between employers and employees is at a critical inflection point. We are in an unprecedented fight for talent and employees are demanding more safe, inclusive, flexible and transparent workplaces. Explore how nurturing the new workforce “contract” is critical to building and maintaining trust in today’s rapidly changing geopolitical and economic environment.

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Policy in Action

More than ever before, business leaders are expected to engage in shaping public policy. Our content will explore the ways businesses can build and also erode trust among key constituencies by influencing public policy. And it will help you consider your organization’s policy-oriented decisions and actions, based on your enterprise’s unique purpose and values.

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Building Trust in a Multi Stakeholder Environment

As stakeholder groups grow more complex and influential, an organization’s communications still need to break through and connect. Our content will help you develop modern, purpose-led communications strategies that drive engagement and action.

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Listen to our new PwC Pulse podcast

In this first episode PwC US Chair and Senior Partner, Tim Ryan talks with UPS CEO, Carol Tome about building trust, upskilling talent and navigating transitions while providing insights from our latest survey, Trust: the new currency for business.

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Wes Bricker

Wes Bricker

Vice Chair - US Trust Solutions Co-Leader, PwC US

Ken Kuykendall

Ken Kuykendall

US Tax Leader and Tax Consulting Leader, PwC US

J.C. Lapierre

J.C. Lapierre

Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, PwC US

Kathy Nieland

Kathy Nieland

Partner and Leader, Trust Leadership Institute, PwC US

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