Business You Can Believe In

By Joseph Williams | News about faith and business and how people see them intertwining.

NYT burnishes Seattle's reputation for world-changing nonprofits, fueled by tech money

It goes without saying that Paul Allen and Bill Gates had an enormous impact on Seattle. But their influence on the region goes beyond Microsoft and …

Seattle

Can we trust robots to make moral decisions?

Last week, Microsoft inadvertently revealed the difficulty of creating moral robots. Chatbot Tay, designed to speak like a teenage girl, turned into a Nazi-loving racist after less than 24 hours on Twitter. “Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong,” she said, after interacting with various …

Robots

Values Don't Matter Unless You're Living Them

When we talk about company values, we’re often having the same conversation over and over again. We toss around words like community, respect, and integrity, and then we slide right back into our traditional habits and practices, not always in alignment with those words. As leaders, we must …

Employment

Here’s this year’s (flawed) Corruption Perception Index. Those flaws are useful.

On Wednesday, Transparency International (TI), the world’s leading anti-corruption organization, is publishing its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The CPI is a great tool for ensuring that corruption and anti-corruption measures remain on the public policy agenda, but we should …

Corruption

Why My Startup Shouldn’t Choose Between Money And Mission

We sometimes feel torn between growing our business & honoring our values. But without our values, we're less likely to reach profitability.<p>By almost any standards the startup in which I’m involved, Purple Carrot, has had a successful six weeks since our relaunch. We’re shipping more meals every …

Robots are going to bring manufacturing back to the US — and that's not necessarily a good thing

The robot revolution will completely transform a number of industries by streamlining everything from finance to manufacturing.<p>It will also significantly drive down labor costs, which means companies that have shipped jobs overseas are increasingly bringing operations back to US soil — with …

Robots

Seattle’s Santa gets kicked to the curb in corporate takeover

It turns out even Santa can be outsourced.<p>“A corporate decision was made, that’s all,” says Hillard Viydo when I reached him amid frantic holiday …

Seattle

The Big University

Many American universities were founded as religious institutions, explicitly designed to cultivate their students’ spiritual and moral natures. But over the course of the 20th century they became officially or effectively secular.<p>Religious rituals like mandatory chapel services were dropped. …

Google's 'Don't be evil' creed disappears as company morphs into Alphabet

For Google, with a new parent company comes a new code of conduct, and there's a pretty noticeable change. The search company's famous creed — "don't be evil" — is absent from Alphabet's new code of conduct.<p>The new code of conduct was published on Friday after Google officially completed its …

Google

6 tips for strong organizational ethics

From serving clients to raising funds to managing staff, running a nonprofit can be difficult even before factoring in ethics and …

Ethics

CEOs should think twice before putting on a brave face

In the wake of a scandal, CEOs should think twice before putting on a brave face. New research finds that showing sadness in your facial expression …

London Business School

Most Meaningful Jobs - And What They Pay - Poets & Quants for Undergrads

Many college students aren’t looking for jobs with the highest pay. Instead, they dream of applying their talents, making an impact, and leaving a …

Is There Such a Thing as ‘Ethical Cheating’?

When the news broke recently that hackers had breached Ashley Madison, the dating website that helps married people find out-of-wedlock romance, the Internet responded with a lot of snark and not much sympathy.<p>We read Twitter so you don’t have to, and the take-away is this: If you cheat and get …

Relationships

Epic CEO to donate 99 percent of fortune

Epic founder Judy Faulkner is one of the latest billionaires to sign on to The Giving Pledge, the initiative launched by Bill Gates and Warren …

Is It Moral For Microsoft To Hire More Skilled Foreign Workers?

David Hyde talks with University of Washington philosophy professor Michael Blake about the ethics of proposals by companies in this region -- like …

All Your Clothes Are Made With Exploited Labor

Patagonia tried to stop human trafficking in its supply chain, but, as recently as 2011, internal audits found continuing abuses. Is the problem too massive for companies to solve?<p>In the more than 40 years since its founding as a clothing company, Patagonia has become a symbol of well-heeled …

Patagonia

Disney and Designers Nickel and Dime Workers

There’s nothing wrong with being frugal. There’s nothing wrong with cutting wasteful spending and focusing a company on greater economy. But the days for prudence seem to be a thing of the past — a relic of times when banks avoided dangerous risk and CEO pay wasn’t in the hundreds of multiples of …

New Year's Day

Why A Values Fit Matters More Than A Culture Fit

Almost every company today screens potential hires for cultural fit. But what constitutes a company’s culture and how can you tell if a particular person fits into this particular mold?<p>The recent court case involving Ellen Pao, a junior investing partner fired from VC firm Kleiner Perkins who sued …

Employment

Minimum wage and the dignity of work

Here’s something I typed up shortly after LA increased their minimum wage, and am now revisiting and editing:<p>The minimum wage in both Los Angeles and …

Vampire CEOs Continue To Suck Blood

As the economy continues to struggle in the seventh year of its supposed recovery after the Great Recession–despite unprecedented amounts of free government money from the Fed–CEO compensation continues to soar.<p>“The party goes on,” writes David Gelles in the <i>New York Times</i>, with a horrifying list of …

Stocks

New SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby combines business with faith

Joel Manby wrote a book about leading companies through biblical values and agonized on "Undercover Boss" over his employees' struggles.<p>Now Manby is …

New blog series: Engaging the faith and business communities on workers’ rights

<i>[Editor’s note: Stan C. Kimer is a retired IBM executive and former President of the North Carolina Council of Churches. He now runs a firm which</i> …

A millionaire who retired at age 27 explains why he went back to work after only 3 weeks

Jon Carder retired when he was just 27 years old.<p>The California native started his first company, BabysHeaven, when he was a sophomore at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he studied philosophy and art.<p>BabysHeaven sold baby products online — and a few months after launching, Carder …

How Technology Has Affected Wages for the Last 200 Years

Today’s great paradox is that we feel the impact of technology everywhere – in our cars, our phones, the supermarket, the doctor’s office – but not in our paychecks. We work differently, communicate with each other differently, create differently, and entertain ourselves differently, all thanks to …

Industrial Revolution

Shalom in the Marketplace

It’s not uncommon to hear CEOs say that their employees are their greatest asset. Far less common is to find CEOs who really mean it. I’ve got a …

5 Reasons You Should Add Purpose To Your Plan

Social entrepreneurship is growing so fast that from where I sit it appears to be about to overwhelm its traditional borders to redefine the whole of entrepreneurship.<p>It has always been true that great entrepreneurs are more interested in change than money, but much of the energy has been on …

Social Entrepreneurship

6 Core Principles of Star Brands

The Moral Bucket List

ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is …

Bucket Lists

Corporate Culture - Values Alignment is the Foundation

While many of the most effective corporate cultures have a grassroots element that incorporates the thoughts and ideas of the individuals on the front lines (which is a crucial element in building a strong culture), allowing a culture to be nurtured and developed always starts at the top: i.e. with …

Corporate Culture