Great people, sketchy companies

Throughout my working life I have met so many fantastic people. So committed, so full of energy, ideas, great fun and warm-hearted. I always had a thought in mind about them, which got stronger over time.

Having always worked in Business to Business I’ve dealt with a whole range of customers. As time passed, I found it harder and harder to sell to customers, where my values were not aligned with theirs. I sold to companies in the fast food sector, companies which develop genetically-modified crops, tobacco companies, companies which sell non-organic household products, companies which sell ‘beauty’ products tested on animals. Oh, I also worked for companies in the past which were not aligned with my values.

Back to the great people, many of whom work in the types of business I have described above. My thought was this. I wonder if any of them have ethical concerns about the company they work for? How important is that for them? Do they need the money? Can they switch companies where they live? Of course it depends on so many factors, not least your judgment of whether a business is contributing the long-term sustainability of the planet.

It’s not easy because some companies have divisions which do great things, and others which cause more harm than good.

It would be so interesting to know how many people would switch to a business with a different value system, if they could.

Anyway, great people, I’ve enjoyed working with you.

Author: Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

One thought on “Great people, sketchy companies”

  1. Hiya, it is not the fault of those great people you mentioned. The problem seems to be society wide and two-folded in my view.
    One is obvious, the concept of money that slowly but surely destroys us, makes us more unpleasant. Without any solid evidence of its real value.
    The second is our need to be accepted by others. This makes us want to behave ways that promotes likes (e.g. FB) and acceptance, while we forget who we really are. But there is always hope!

    You know what they say:

    When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
    When the road you are trudging seems all uphill,
    When the funds are low, and debts are high, and
    You want smile but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit
    Rest if you must but don’t you quit,
    Success is failure turned inside out,
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt, and
    You can never tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems afar
    So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit
    It’s when things go wrong that you must not quit!

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