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28 September 2007

Quakers in business - preview

John Meadley argues that not only should Friends be engaged in the world of business, but also those who are in business have much to gain from the Quakers and Business Group

For 200 years from around 1675, many Quakers were engaged in business
  • Since then that Quaker involvement has almost disappeared
  • Only a few have continued to engage directly in creating the wealth that generates the employment and taxes that pay for the 'caring' professions, which are the preferred working environment for many Quakers


  • Investment is a fundamental human activity
  • We invest time and money in building a house, in researching a disease organism, in educating our children and in relationships
  • Sometimes the investment is a one-off activity and at other times it is a continuing one that builds on existing knowledge, or maintains existing structures/relationships

  • John Meadley

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