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Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:15 PM

Want to push back against selfish CEOs? LIST GOOD ALTERNATIVES

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(Edited to change thread title since "positive action" doesn't get any response. )

While I'm all for calling out the many unethical and demoralizing businesses which have led the way in this country for far too long, I'd really like to support and promote GOOD BUSINESSES and ethical business practices. A CEO making billions of dollars choosing to lay off thousands of people, or decrease their hours, because said CEO and other execs don't want to part with their riches is NOT ethical.

With all the talk of boycotting various companies, we need alternatives. Dammit to hell, please help me create a list of them!!! (Sorry, but I'm frustrated because I'm tired of begging for help to do simple things...things we say we want and could help many.)

If you agree with this, can you at least K&R this post? Keeping more positive, action-oriented posts alive is like pulling teeth sometimes. (If you are interested in working on this with me, please join me in this discussion thread at Wishadoo)

Many of us often ask where we can find good businesses to support. While there are separate directories for "Made in the USA" businesses, green businesses, union businesses, etc., a comprehensive directory which lists businesses which are quite simply ethical -- not perfect, but ethical -- on all levels doesn't exist.

After my experience with Glenn Beck and his followers several years ago, I decided to fully embrace Compassion, Cooperation, Community and Integrity in business, and shout those values from the rooftops while putting them into action. Now it's time to gather businesses also ready to align with principles of Compassion, Cooperation, Community and Integrity.

So, I've created the space and will gladly highlight and promote such businesses, but need help finding them.

It could be an online entrepreneur focused on doing well while doing good (it could even be your Etsy store!); a small Main Street type of business (like the hugging Pizza Guy in FL and the businesses offering free products and services in the aftermath of Sandy); or even larger businesses who are, for the most part -- even if not perfect -- doing business with integrity.


There are many tools at this directory which are pretty cool, if I say so myself, including the ability to leave reviews, so we can keep them honest and always moving toward doing better. I see it like Angie's List but it's free to use (and free to list), and the foundation is one of integrity.

Below I've copied and pasted a blog post, which I invite you to share to spread the word. Click the graphic below to see the Directory.



"The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another." - Thomas Merton


We're moving into a new era. No longer are selfish, greedy business decisions admired. No longer is "the bottom line," with obscene CEO salaries and profit margins at the expense of workers, communities and our environment viewed as "good business."

Good business practices embrace Community, Compassion, Cooperation and Integrity. Wishadoo! has created a DIRECTORY where such businesses can be found and promoted.

What types of actions or policies do you view as Good Business?

Which companies represent Good Business, in your opinion? (small or large, online or brick and mortar, local or international)

Rather than focus on the high-profile businesses making what many feel are selfish, short-sighted business decisions, let's SUPPORT GOOD BUSINESS.

Please help identify GOOD BUSINESSES, get them listed in the Directory, and help support their efforts!

Wishadoo! will offer regular blog posts to share via social media highlighting GOOD BUSINESSES.



BTW, another post dropped like a lead balloon earlier today. I thought more here would be happy to know that a petition many of you signed was victorious: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021789277


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Reply Want to push back against selfish CEOs? LIST GOOD ALTERNATIVES (Original post)
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 OP
roody Nov 2012 #1
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #2
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #3
democrattotheend Nov 2012 #4
Cha Nov 2012 #8
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #10
Cha Nov 2012 #13
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #15
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #5
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #6
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #7
LadyHawkAZ Nov 2012 #9
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #16
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #11
Initech Nov 2012 #12
Cha Nov 2012 #14
Initech Nov 2012 #19
Melissa G Nov 2012 #17
allan01 Nov 2012 #18
elleng Nov 2012 #20
chalky Nov 2012 #21
Sirveri Nov 2012 #22
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #23
Sienna86 Nov 2012 #24
99Forever Nov 2012 #25
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #26
randome Nov 2012 #27
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #28
randome Nov 2012 #29
Digit Nov 2012 #30
Fire Walk With Me Nov 2012 #31
mmonk Nov 2012 #32
hogwyld Nov 2012 #33

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 01:55 PM

1. Great idea!

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Response to roody (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:01 PM

2. Thank you, Roody...

and thanks for bumping the other thread earlier as well. Much appreciated!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 03:46 PM

3. kick n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:30 PM

4. Definitely put Costco on the list

They are partially unionized and they tend to follow the union payscale even at their non-union stores. They give a lot of money to Democrats, and I think the CEO only makes about $500,000 (which is not exactly peanuts, but compared to most CEO's it is very reasonable). They are known for being aggressive with suppliers, like Walmart, but overall I think they are a very good company and I would definitely join if I didn't live in Manhattan (small apartment, no car).

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Response to democrattotheend (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:48 PM

8. The co-founder and retired CEO of Costco, Jim Sinegal, spoke at the DNC

and supports the Obama Business Model.

I belong to Costco here on Kaua'i and I save Money buying by the case of certain things for just one person.

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Response to Cha (Reply #8)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:51 PM

10. Thanks Cha and Democrattotheend...

This is great to know.

I would LOVE to have Costco sponsor/advertise on Wishadoo! Just one huge sponsor like that, and soooooo much good could be done and I could breathe. I prefer not to advertise as most sites do, as I find it very distracting, even if it can sustain the site.

I'd rather get a few key partners and move forward that way.

Thanks again!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:01 PM

13. Thank you, OneGrassRoot! I saw your link in that thread on "boycotting"

papa johns, applebees, chick-fillet.

Here's a link I saw on DU a little while ago. SHOP YOUR POLITICS..http://shopyourpolitics.com/

I always thought Lowes was Blue.. Wrong. And, Amazon was Red..Wrong.

There use to be a site called BuyBlue but it closed its doors. I really liked it while it was around..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BuyBlue.org

Thanks for your WORK on Wishadoo!

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Response to Cha (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:04 PM

15. Hey, thanks for that link!

I'll definitely check out shopyourpolitics!



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:30 PM

5. kick after changing thread title. n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:42 PM

6. Your "directory" link gives me a Page Not Found

I have a few entries to put in for the Salt Lake area.

We need to have a Take Your Republican Friends To Dinner day. Invite them over for local pizza, or out for some local seafood.

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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:45 PM

7. Thanks. It's fixed now. :)

I like your idea for a special TYRFTD Day.

Thanks again! You're welcome to join Wishadoo and create the listings, or send me the info.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:51 PM

9. No, thank YOU!

And I'm already a member

Have I mentioned lately how much you rock?

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Response to LadyHawkAZ (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:08 PM

16. Cool!

And thanks. I absolutely suck with names; FB "real" names and screen names did me in and I just gave up.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:55 PM

11. K&R!

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 04:56 PM

12. And if you really want to put a dent in the Koch Roaches' fortune - quit buying gas.

Really. Just buying a different roll of toilet paper is like deleting text files to make room on a terabyte hard drive. Take public transportation when you can. Use natural gas and solar panels in the winter. If you're buying a new car get a hybrid or alternative fuel vehicle. That will put a massive dent in their fortune.

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Response to Initech (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 05:03 PM

14. I don't have a car and haven't had to buy messy gas for a long

time.. didn't know I was affecting kochs in anyway. I realize most peeps can't do without cars but I'm glad I can.

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Response to Cha (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:40 PM

19. Look up derivatives trading. It's basically a giant ponzi scheme.

It's how the Koch Roaches were able to double and triple their fortunes. It's legalized theft.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 06:25 PM

17. K&R n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:20 PM

18. re:Want to push back against selfish CEOs? LIST ALTERNATIVE (

i have been for years boycotting the follwing
1: dennys after first hand treatment of my family as a child ( i will never ever step into dennys other than being invited)
2: herseys: since hersheys closed up shop in oakdale ca and hersey pa ,and went to mexico
3: clear channel radio. loved the old coast to coast am(ufos big feet , etc ) that had art bell. now its just a political hack..
4: cconservative news network and faux noize)
valero gas stations ( a haliburton wholy owned subsidiary in mexico)
new for list :applebies
dominoes pizza which we dont have one.
and any other company that will fire their workers who elected obama into office or the aca excuse

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 07:58 PM

20. K+R

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:26 AM

21. K&R!

n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:59 AM

22. When in doubt, shop small local businesses.

Even if they're screw balls, the money at least stays in the community.

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Response to Sirveri (Reply #22)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:31 AM

23. Absolutely. Always the best alternative, imho. :) n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 06:56 AM

24. Wonderful idea

Will check it out and see what I can add.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 07:29 AM

25. Great idea, thanks.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:20 PM

26. lunchtime kick n/t

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:23 PM

27. A formula for CEO compensation could be developed.

Maybe the average salary for all employees then doubled? Or something like that.

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Response to randome (Reply #27)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:44 PM

28. I've always been in favor of that.

I was looking for links to examples in other countries, where the CEO pay is capped at (I believe) no more than something like 15-25% of the lowest or maybe it's average salary of employees. I know many people, including here at DU, disagree with any limitation.

I believe in it wholeheartedly. To me, it doesn't limit anyone; it provides incentive for the fruits of everyone's labor to be shared equitably. If the company does well, everyone does well.

Anyway, here's what I found instead which stopped me cold and made me a bit nauseated. There's a great graphic which I can't embed, unfortunately, at the link below:


Fortune 50 CEO pay vs. our salaries

Exactly how much more do Fortune 50 CEOs make than their workers? In many cases, quite a bit more. Here is an interactive breakdown of a handful of Fortune 50 top exec salaries compared to typical employee pay at their respective companies.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/ceo-pay-ratios/




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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:48 PM

29. Philosophically, I would be opposed. But Reality shows that compensation is out of control.

And the more that compensation is out of control, the more the economic ship teeters for all of us.

Very interesting graph in your link.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:48 PM

30. Kicking!

Keeping it alive!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:05 PM

31. Kick

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Tue Nov 13, 2012, 02:08 PM

32. Great idea.

And how about a list of bad businesses?

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 12:54 PM

33. Cool! This is what I was looking for!

We need to support those businesses that support our country.

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