Speakers: Nabil Elias and Jean Parker
Host: Gary Reusche
Co-Host: Vahid Masrour
Many corporations have adopted corporate social responsibility (CSR) to reconcile the profit motive with “doing good”. They saw CSR as an application of enlightened self-interest. However, many CSR applications tend to be stand-alone programs tangential to core business activities that themselves may not be socially responsible. Some have lamented the failure of CSR incrementalism. We will explore an alternative based on elevating organizations to higher moral ground such that all their core activities are motivated by spiritual values. We will contrast assumptions underlying the current business model with those drawn from the Baha’i Revelation and invite discussion of what each of us can do to support this emerging new paradigm in business.