I recently heard a lecture on corporate responsibility and image, and this question immediately popped into my head. While the Left tries fervently to replace Religion with Government, they also indoctrinate their followers to believe that corporations are evil, greedy institutions with no goodwill for the world. But is that really true? And if so, are politicians any better?
While Obama tells small business owners that “you didn’t build that,” and Hillary makes the bold accusation that “businesses don’t create jobs,” they hope that nobody will do their due diligence and actually look into those false misrepresentations of reality. For if they did, they would realize the organizations doing the most good for the world, from our country at least, are corporations.
Before my first trip to North Africa as a Green Beret (which I discuss at great length in my first book), we were given a hefty intelligence brief about the country we would be visiting, Niger. On the Department of Defense list of countries in terms of wealth Niger ranked dead last, and was considered a “welfare state,” meaning its primary source of income was donations.
We were told that Ghadaffi (former Libyan dictator) had been giving large sums of money to the Niger government to help feed their people, and stopped when he learned that only 1/10th of his donations were actually going to the people, with the other 90% lining politicians pockets.
Having been witness to government funded projects in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, I can tell you that we fell into the same money pit as Ghadaffi with the billions we’ve piled into those countries, but we were never smart enough to turn the cash faucet off. American politicians don’t really care about where the money goes or how it’s spent, because in the end it’s not their money, and rarely are they held accountable for their ignorance of reality.
A corporation, on the other hand, actually puts effort into making sure their money goes to the right place and is being used for good. Yes, they get tax incentives to donate money, but they have another factor that drives them to ensure they are actually doing good for the world: image.
We have entered a new era in the corporate world, with businesses finding that both employees and customers are now willing to go to a corporation that pays less or costs more, but provides more in self-fulfillment.
Many Americans would now rather work for a company that builds wells in Africa, or buy products from a company who gives shoes to children in India, than another who may have ethical issues or gives nothing back to the global community.
As such, many corporations are very careful with how that image is maintained and portrayed, because while we neglect to hold politicians accountable for their mistakes or ignorance, the media and public love to hold the feet of Fortune 500 CEO’s to the fire and call for their resignation for any small mistake.
You can visit the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (www.CECP.co) to see just how many and which corporations are giving massive amounts of money to causes around the globe, focused on not only helping their corporate image, but also to make the world a better place.
I would also encourage you to visit OpenSecrets.org/BigPicture to take a quick look at the cost of political campaigns and elections in our country; that should help you put things into perspective on where politicians true motives are.
At the end of the day, it’s not the amount of money given that really matters, but how much of it actually goes to help that makes the difference. So the next time a politician from the Left tries to tell you that businesses are evil and don’t do any good for the world, have a look at how much that same politician spent on their last campaign, how it compares to the charity given by the very corporations they’re railing against, and decide for yourself where their true priorities actually lie.