This post departs a little from the norm in that it as a bit of a rant. A magazine that I respect and read cover to cover religiously has just posted its annual ‘Top 100 Businesses in British Columbia” as they do each year. The companies are ranked by income and it shows their positioning today and where they placed the year previous. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with this approach and it does give an indication of the economic health of the province, from the boardroom point of view.
But, I want more. I want to see a ranking of what the companies do for you and me in the province. What social responsibility do they have to the communities they serve and operate in? We see the earnings, but what taxes do they contribute to the BC government coffers? How many British Columbians’ do they employ? How do they give back and support the communities? I know that many have excellent programs that they support but many people are unaware of it.
My guess is the rankings would change. I am not saying it is a bad thing to be profitable, but more and more we are hearing about social enterprise. The ones who do and we hear about are usually small organizations and really, many larger corporations have had that in their culture for years.
Ranking British Columbia businesses this way would applaud those who are supporting the social needs of the province and perhaps encourage those who are not to do better.
That is my two cents for today.
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