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Although Scott Bader has grown over the last 60 years to become a multinational, its structure is unusual in that it is legally a ‘common trusteeship’ company (the Scott Bader ‘Commonwealth’) having no external shareholders.
The company is very different in many ways from its beginnings in London in 1921, when it was set up by the principled Quaker founder, Ernest Bader. He moved Scott Bader to Wollaston, Northamptonshire in 1940, where a new chemical factory and R & D facilities were built. When Scott Bader became a Common Trusteeship Company in 1951, it operated only in the UK, which made the founding principles, democratic process and way of working easier to understand and demonstrate. However, as the business has grown to become a £180 million multinational chemical company, it has become increasingly evident that there was a need to modernise their corporate governance structure to reflect this global change.
This modernisation has now been completed, following a thorough review of their governance structure, including all the legal aspects of their charitable status. The end result is a workable new constitution for a 21st century Scott Bader Group, with a new Members Assembly made up of representatives from all Scott Bader Companies worldwide, which Scott Bader say gives a more streamlined process, helping Scott Bader employees become more effective in reaching shared business goals more quickly going forward.
Philip Bruce, Scott Bader’s Group Managing Director stated “We are all very proud of our Company heritage and I believe that the new Governance structure reinforces the values and intentions of the Founder. This simplified organisation will ensure that Scott Bader delivers values to all stakeholders going forward”
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