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.