One of my favourite magazines came out with its annual issue highlighting the ‘Top 100’ companies in British Columbia ranked by revenue. The rise and fall in revenues over the past year is certainly one economic indicator within the various sectors.
Don’t get me wrong, I love this magazine, look forward to it each month and read it cover to cover. For me, I need more from this particular issue. Revenue does not necessarily translate into social and economic wellbeing within the communities or province. I would like to see the addition of the following when ranking the companies;
- How much taxation flows into the communities and the province from this revenue?
- How many employees do they have in the province?
- What charities do they support (volunteering and dollars)?
- What do they commit, volunteering and dollars, to the communities where they are located?
This may change the order of the companies on the list and give a more complete picture of their relationship to the province and the social fabric of the communities.
Today’s society is interested more and more in social enterprises, businesses who are interested not only in a profit but in using the business to give back to social issues in the community.
Who knows, maybe some day someone will take a deeper look into the real ‘Top 100’ and put it in print. Any entrepreneurs out there?
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