Corporate Morality is Everyone’s Business

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Corporate morality matters. The ethics of the organizations you interact with every day affect everyone.

The Great Recession? Fueled by greed.

Credit card info stolen? Could have easily been prevented with better chips (but that would have cost MONEY).

That Apple product you loved so much? Yep, the factory conditions sucked. Same for those clothes you bought shortly before the ceilings caved in.

And let’s not forget about our beloved sports. While you were cheering (or not) during the last World Cup, shady deals were getting played out that screwed the majority of Brazilians. Now the stadium serves as a parking lot for buses. Power to the people.

I remember how wowed I was the first time I saw the display on my 3DS. Months later, I learned Nintendo had likely stolen the technology. Somehow, in making the purchase, I was a part of supporting that.

When I got my Fitbit I was so impressed. Then I heard about the Jawbone lawsuit and the alleged poaching, theft, and patent infringement. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit. Get it? But I don’t feel like joking.

Who can escape the reach of good products made badly? No one.

Why? Because sin is pervasive.  “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) It’s that simple and that profound.

For all the worthwhile progress we’ve made on working conditions, fair compensation, gender equality, sustainability, etc. we can’t escape the fact that organizations are run by people – people who are selfish, greedy, unjust, arrogant, liars, stealers, bullies in suits.

Is this everyone? Of course not. But we’ve all got a little bad in us, myself included.

The best we can hope for is that those who lead the organizations we count on will A) Have a relationship with Christ, and B) Allow that relationship to permeate everything they do.

When this happens, we get companies that operate by the golden rule. They treat others (their employees, customers, suppliers, and competition) the way they would like to be treated. And wouldn’t you know, they tend to succeed along the way.

When corporations win for the right reasons, we all win. Here’s to a more moral tomorrow.

 

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Author: Dave Mierau (Meer-oh)

Christ follower, family man, lifelong learner.

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