I just finished reading an article on the biggest companies in British Columbia, ranked in order. Impressive, to say the least! Interesting to see the changes from a year ago and the newcomers to the top 100.
Personally, biggest doesn’t resonate with me and I wonder if there could be additional measures to determine the ‘best’ companies. I would like to see how many people they employ in British Columbia and the value of their payroll.
The article states the earnings of the companies but how much of that remains in BC in the form of corporate taxes? The measure that would mean the most to me would be knowing their social footprint in the communities.
We see what some of the companies do in the way of sponsorship etc., but many on the list are not visible. What do they contribute to the social fabric of the province? What do they support their employees to do in the communities where they reside?
Do they support the charities that struggle for funding or the arts that make our communities places where employees like to reside? Do they support youth activities or construction of facilities for communities? How do they support the environment? Are they a good corporate citizen when it comes to the environment?
The most dollars just doesn’t do it for me. I like to know the character of the company. Maybe someone will create a new list showing the ‘Best’ companies in the province.
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