It’s good business to go beyond profit. Just ask these giants of SA Inc.
Doing good business, better. Going beyond profit...
Bruce Whitfield spoke to the following business giants:
Mark Heywood, Executive Director of SECTION27 (he is also on the Steering Committee for Unite Against Corruption)
Bonang Mohale, Chairperson of Shell South Africa
Wendy Appelbaum, businessperson, philanthropist and wine estate owner
Ian Mann, business book guru and MD of Gateways Business Consultants
Scroll down for quotes from the video and audio below.
Shapeshifter Unplugged guests Wendy Appelbaum, Bonang Mohale, Bruce Whitfield (presenter), Mark Heywood and Ian Mann.
Profits are difficult to attain at the moment.Wendy Appelbaum
Economic vision trumps political power.Bonang Mohale
In many ways Business has fled the challenges of creating a capable state. I’d like to see a braver Business.Mark Heywood
Without profit we’ll achieve very little.Bonang Mohale
Profit is essential! It’s the only way to fire up this economy.Wendy Appelbaum
There are parts of our economy that are enormously profitable because there’s a desperate need and people are willing to pay anything.Mark Heywood
Conscious capitalism says ‘I need to make profit for my shareholders. I need to pay living wages. I need to pay my suppliers a fair price’.Ian Mann
Every part of society is entirely interrelated.Ian Mann
Conscious capitalism is a figment of Ian Mann’s imagination.Mark Heywood
I don’t think there’s an alternative to capitalism. However, it’s a flawed system that benefits only the few.Mark Heywood
Was Lewis selling furniture or were they selling insurance?Wendy Appelbaum
I think that Costco is a conscious companyIan Mann
Corporate Social Investment is a very big bee in my bonnet. It’s an example of ticking boxes.Mark Heywood
Corporates are scared that if they support people like me they’ll get into trouble.Mark Heywood
It is Business that is contributing to organisations such as Greenpeace and Treasure the Karoo Action Group.Bonang Mohale
Business can play a much more important role in our country than is currently the case.Mark Heywood
Businesses should have supported the corruption march, but they were too frightened.Wendy Appelbaum
Imagine if you used the know-how of SAB to deliver books to Limpopo.Bonang Mohale
The primary responsibility of Business is business.Ian Mann
Businesses should be allowed to be angry at Government.Wendy Appelbaum
Without Business, Government and Labour working together we have no chance.Bonang Mohale
This article first appeared on 702 : It’s good business to go beyond profit. Just ask these giants of SA Inc.
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