I'm partway through a blog called "Friedman Redux", hypothesizing that if Milton Friedman were alive today, he'd reconsider his oft-cited statement that "There is one and only one social responsibility of business–to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits*"
My assertion is that since he said that in 1970, the world has changed so drastically - from population, to GHG concentrations, to proportion of wealth in the hands of private industry, to the ability of corporations to act across geo-political boundaries, to the crossing of planetary boundaries - that as the smart guy he was, he'd be likely to consider that our responsibilities have changed.
But… that blog is taking research to come up with all the graphs and proof points I need to make the case. And I just have not found the time.
So rather than a deep, thought-provoking piece, I'm going to fall back on the easy blog - a day in the life of a CSO six years into her job. To cut to the chase, everything has changed but these two:
- We spend a ton of time on reporting, and
- This remains a great job for the over-caffeinated.