Question of the Day (for business leaders): Why does your organization exist?
Six Practical Principles for Business (Vocation of the Business Leader, p 17)
Meeting the Needs of the World through the Creation and Development of Goods and Services
1 – Businesses contribute to the common good by producing goods that are truly good and services that truly serve.
2 – Businesses maintain solidarity with the poor by being alert for opportunities to serve deprived and underserved populations and people in need.
Organizing Good and Productive Works
3 – Businesses make a contribution to the community by fostering the special dignity of human work.
4 – Businesses that embrace subsidiarity provide opportunities for employees to exercise their gifts as they contribute to the mission of the organization.
Creating Sustainable Wealth and Distributing it Justly
5 – Businesses model stewardship of the resources—whether capital, human, or environmental—under their control.
6 – Businesses are just in the allocation of benefits to all stakeholders: employees, customers, investors, suppliers, and the community.
- Vocation of the Business Leader (2012)
- Introduction to the Vocation of the Business Leader (Cardinal Turkson, 2012)
Mr Business went to Mass; he never missed a Sunday.
Mr Business went to hell for what he did on Monday.
— Ed Willock (1916–1960), editor of Integrity
Excerpts from the Discernment Checklist
(Vocation of the Business Leader appendix, pp 26–27)
- Do I see work as a gift from God?
- Is my work as a “co-creator” truly a participation in God’s original and continuing creative act?
- Do I promote a culture of life through my work?
- Am I living an integrated life or is it divided, separating Gospel principles from my work?
- Am I reading the Scriptures and praying with the will to avoid the risk of a divided life?
- Am I promoting human dignity and the common good in my sphere of influence?
- Do I place the dignity of all workers above profit margins?
- Does my company make every effort to reduce or eliminate waste in its operations, and in general to honor its responsibility for the natural environment?