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The Heart of Money: “What Do You Look for in Conscious Corporations?”

Michael, William, Patrick, and Henry

Michael, William, Patrick, and Henry in hot and humid Havana, Cuba, with water in evil, single-use plastic bottles.

Paul Sutherland no longer lives in Uganda and now resides in Michigan with his four youngest kids, ages 5 to 10, where he and his wife, Amy, try to be an example of Parenting for a Peaceful world in which democracy begins at home.

“What companies do you feel are really conscious and practicing virtues?” “What type of leadership?” “Who do you admire?” I often get these questions at seminars and schools and even in coffee shops—and typically the person asking has “Be the Change” printed on their T-shirt or on a laptop sticker. And I cringe because these “questions” are often barely disguised statements like: “Corporations, governments, institutions are killing the environment, fostering greed and consumerism, propping up dictators—all for a profit.” And underlying all that is the question: “How do you profit and still feel untarnished and superior?”  Well, to be honest, we must live consciously before we go blaming, shaming, and complaining about how others (corporations/governments/institutions) behave. So, after a bit of a rant I will get to the original question.  But first, the rant! Years ago, I was at TED Global Event’s fancy dinner networking evening when a Brazilian sat down next to me and started a conversation by saying, “I have been a social activist working for the environment for 2 …

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