In this article, Stuart Parkinson takes a thought-provoking standpoint on how an ethical approach to industrial policy is key to ensuring long-term prosperity. 

Particularly important is his point that younger people can be put off an employer or industrial sector with a poor ethical record. Given that we have a known shortage of young talent coming into engineering and manufacturing, it seems to make perfect sense to gear our industrial strategy towards those industries that are most appealing. 

The good news is that those industries, with energy technologies as an example, also happen to be rather exciting and vital for our future. Surely these are going to be an easier ‘sell’ to our brightest prospects, and give us the best chance of a competitive and sustainable industry going into the future?