Starbucks is a big company. They Lead their industry. I care that they care about their employees, their stores, their customers, and suppliers (Fair trade coffee). I buy their products, and I invest in their company.
We see the egregious behavior of many “successful” companies and the way they treat their employees, and promote views based on their religion or feelings on women’s rights, sexual orientation, labor costs, unionization, the environment, etc.
Three Things That Haunt McDonald’s Workplace: Minimum Wage, Rude Customers, And Bad Management – Forbes
Icahn on Chiefs, Morons and Leased Jets – NY Times
This is why you should care too. I want my friends and their families to work in environments where companies value their employees, their customers, and the communities where they earn their money. Enron ended with bankruptcies, divorces, suicides, and financial losses for investors. (To see books from Amazon on the Enron scandal, click here. There is a movie too, “The Smartest Guys in the Room).
I think it is time for all of us to “grow a pair”, and educate ourselves on the real cost of these corporate behaviors that hurt individuals, promote unhealthy living, and denigrate segments of society without cause or compassion, and pollute with impunity. I am an American and believe in what the founders sought – Freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. SO – I care! And I believe you should too.
Here are a few companies worth noting:
15 major companies that treat employees well, value their customers, and put their communities first – Business insider
12 Companies That Are Making the World a Better Place – Singularity hub
5 Big Brands Making the World a Better Place – Wise Bread
To see books on Corporate Ethics from Amazon, click here.
You may not care, and that is your choice, but I do. Putting my money where my mouth is, and hoping the world will be a better place for it.
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