The big issue these days is that of voting rights and the assault from the Right….and corporations are weighing in……of as an opinionated SOB I had something to say about their ‘two cents worth’……https://lobotero.com/2021/07/20/but-they-signed-the-letter/
As I said then….this is a PR stunt nothing more.
Theses corporations have been funding all those that are assailing voting rights for decades…so why now?
Well one answer could be that they have become socially responsible……to that fanciful description I say…BOLLOCKS!
Across various segments of American life, the private sector has begun to take on tasks big and small that one might think should be tackled by the public sector. Domino’s filled in potholes. Dawn’s dish soap saved ducks. American Express pitched in on historic preservation. Walmart started selling low-priced insulin. A slew of companies help workers pay for school. Much of America’s health care system is still handled through private insurers and your job. As people lose faith in government to act on sweeping issues such as climate change and guns, they’re increasingly looking to corporate America and asking whether there’s something they can do about it. If Congress won’t tackle gun violence, maybe Dick’s Sporting Goods can try.
It’s not a bad thing for brands and companies to try to make the world better. Starting a business often involves identifying a problem to solve, and it’s much better for companies to help than to do harm. Corporate social responsibility is fine. There are, however, limits.
“Of course we want businesses to be responsible,” said Suzanne Kahn, managing director of research and policy at the Roosevelt Institute. But she emphasized that this does not constitute a plan for how to organize society. “Private companies don’t, can’t, or won’t plan with the same values that we demand and expect the government to.”
Companies have a profit motive and are ultimately accountable to shareholders. Doing what’s lucrative often doesn’t align with what’s best for most people, and when they do nice things, it’s often because they know it will play well with consumers and workers. Domino’s helped fill some potholes because it was good advertising for pizza pickup customers, not because it’s overly concerned about the future of America’s bridges and roads. The issue is, the entity that should be driving the bus on America’s bridges is kind of asleep at the wheel.
All this ‘social responsibility’ is nothing more than trying to cash-in on public focus…..it is PR plain and simple……to believe they have found their social consciousness is just plain silly and very goddamn naive.
Motivations are never about the health of the nation but rather the greed that drives all their decisions.
Social responsibility my ass!
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