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Once upon a time, ethics was a subject few wanted to talk about. Today, after the banking royal commission and a bruising time for major corporates everywhere, all of us want to feel that those controlling our major businesses are doing it not just for profit, but also for the good of all Australians.
With talk of social licences and purpose, businesses are beginning to wake up to the need for something other than profit as a driver.
Don’t get us wrong. Profits are what make business successful, sustainable, able to pay their staff and serve their clients. But so does social purpose.
When we created the Really Simple Guide to Money – www.reallysimplemoney.com.au – we did so to help young Australians get control of the simple principles of income, expenditure, credit and investing.
I still remember the reaction of a senior Westpac banker we went to for investment., “I can’t think of anything worse then an educated client!” he said, amid much chortling from his fellow bankers.
That was two years ago. I suspect he wouldn’t say the same today.
We’re incredibly proud to have worked with the Ethics Alliance, a group dedicated to teaching good governance and the idea of doing the right thing, to produce something that might make a difference. Something designed to disseminate an idea: that doing the right thing has its own rewards.
We hope to continue to publish ideas and articles that challenge the notion that there is only one way to think about things. That the notion of ethical business is something that can make great corporations thrive and be strong.
We hope you will join us on this journey.
You know it’s right. But are you brave enough to stand up and be counted?
We think you are. That’s why we remain optimistic that the Australian business community is basically behind good governance, sound principles and the ideal that we do things to help others.
We hope you can read a copy of Matrix soon!
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