I just wrote a long, involved post the other day about the middle class, economic trouble, corporate excess, welfare reform etc etc (Who We Are, What We Need). One of the things that I mentioned was paying it forward, reinvesting in communities and employees, and basically, just CARING for one another. My post got a lot of hits and generated some very thoughtful discussion both online and within my personal circle. I thank all of you for your comments, questions, thoughts and respectful debate (which occurred “off blog” and within the family, in case anyone is wondering) Imagine my wonderful, astonished surprise to read this morning that something good is coming out of the awful tragedy in Aurora CO.
Corporate Hollywood is stepping up. Warner Brothers, the studio that released “The Dark Knight Rises” in conjunction with some other members of the public, has contributed about 2 million dollars towards charges for medical care for the shooting victims. Additionally Children’s Hospital of Colorado, Medical Center of Aurora, and Swedish Medical Center are waiving insurance co-pays or eliminating the charges for medical care entirely. This is exactly the type of thing I was referring to when I was discussing investing in communities and paying it forward. The Huffington Post reports that one in three Coloradans are either un- or under, insured. (see linked article above) Sadly, I believe this issue germane not just to Colorado.
So here we have examples of corporations in the entertainment and medical fields who walk their talk. Bravo. I hope to see more in the future. Now I’m not saying that big corporations should go out and pay for medical care for the uninsured – but how about part of those obscenely large dollar figure bonuses I talked about the other day go into a rainy day fund that the company’s employees can access if they fall on hard times (there’d have to be qualifications and a selection process of course) This may already be getting done – but if so its not getting much press – and it should. I’m sure there’s many corporations giving back to their communities every day and we just don’t hear enough about it. More family friendly work environments need to be created by allowing more folks to job share or work from home. Much work is done on computers these days, right? Why does the employee have to go to the office to use the computer when he or she can do so from home. And it would save gas, too. .And how about more companies providing on-site child care as a benefit? A happy employee is a productive one. Businesses should always remember that – just as without customers; without employees there would be no business. Balance. Corporate Ethics. Ethical Corporations? Oxymoron? perhaps, perhaps not.
In the Star Trek universe there is a quote that is resonating with me now. “Beware the spear in the others heart. It is the spear in your own, you are he.” We must take care what we throw out into the world, because it will come back to us. Just as individuals should be expected to act in a moral, responsible and compassionate way – big business should be held -and held aggressively – to that same standard. How refreshing and uplifting to see a portion of the Hollywood movie machine showing an interest in humanity and putting its fiscal bottom line on the back burner. Warner Brothers, those anonymous private donors, and the local CO hospitals just created some great Karma for themselves – if only this once, and if only for the moment. We need more of these types of good karmic moments They lift us all.
- Batman actor Christian Bale visits victims, hospital personnel (denverpost.com)
- Good guy Christian Bale travels quietly to Aurora to visit victims of CO shooting (11 Photos) (thechive.com)