I recently attended a meeting of a local business ethics alliance.  The alliance is made up of the most influential people and companies in the city, as well as the Better Business Bureau, chambers of commerce, a local university as well as others.

I attended this particular meeting because the notice stated that the speaker was the Water Sustainability Program Director for Coca-Cola.  The invite stated that businesses should look to sustainability ‘to save our planet’.

Well, anyone who knows me, is aware that I believe sustainability, as well as all of the other made-up words in this movement, isn’t about sustaining anything other than a push…or nudge as Cass Sunstein would say…for conformity for the global initiative called Agenda 21 which is soon to be renamed the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

I had prepared a question:  Is it ethical for businesses to work as advocates for and in conjunction with governments in advancing their sustainability agendas?

Well….I realized early that it was very apparent that had I asked my question, the attendees would have looked at me with shock and horror.  I knew I was outnumbered.  So I sat quietly and listened.

I listened to the heaps of praise attendees showered on each other as they rose to speak about their efforts to be ‘green’.  I watched as nodding heads filled the room.  A priest stood and spoke of his admiration of the Pope for taking a bold stand for sustainable development.  A gentleman rose to speak of how his 501c3 was working with children to teach them early about protecting their world.  Another from a conservation foundation talked about re-educating farmers (oh, it took a while, but eventually…)

Instead a seeing my attendance as a waste of time, I saw it as an eye-opener.  The fact that these wheels, the movers and shakers, are 100% on board is disheartening.  Fighting this agenda isn’t just an uphill battle, it’s a good-luck-in-climbing-the-mountain battle. 

The ethics alliance program included a page defining ‘blind spots’ that get in the way of ‘thinking carefully, making the right choices or acting in the way we should', which are:

  1. Conformity bias – falling into the trap of doing what others are doing.
  2. Obedience to authority – we’re hardwired to do what authority figures tell us.
  3. Moral equilibrium – thinking we’re good but letting this image of ourselves color our decisions.
  4. Moral muteness – not speaking out when we’re uncomfortable and not rocking the boat.
  5. Snowball effect – how we can let once small thing, then other happen that leads to harm.
  6. Highway to hell – “the road is paved with good intentions”.
  7. Myth of invisibility – thinking others won’t find out what we’re doing.

Is it just me or can we apply some of the above ethical mistakes to the people who are pushing the sustainable development agenda?


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Comment by J. Francis Roth on September 17, 2015 at 5:57pm

  The Pope is totally into this climate change thing.  He was placed into this position because the last Pope refused to knuckle under to the pressure.  He really should have blown the whistle on the new guy.  Either way Jodi, climate change, global warming, climate disruption, population control, it all comes from ethicists as we spoke about.  It won't be long before the Pope announces that there is really nothing that can be done, except implement controls on population.  I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't soon begin to advocate for mandatory abortions and sterilizations in Africa.  As a way to save the planet of course.  It will move into the farming industry as well, with less people to feed, farmers will be forced to produce less, and shipments of necessary food to the poorer continents, i.e., Africa, India and many none farming islands.  People will starve even more than now, but as sterilization takes hold, there will be more to bury but no as many to feed.  You see the domino effect.  And it all stems from those ethics committees, you don't mind if you die for the cause, but they will never be the first to take the pipe, you know what I mean.  The members of ethics organizations consider themselves much to important and necessary to die, as they alone have deemed themselves and each worthy to oversee the saving of the planet. 

Comment by J. Francis Roth on September 17, 2015 at 6:02pm

Wow, I should have proof read that last comment prior to clicking the add comment button.  But I'm sure you get my meaning.  I meant to say the food shipments would strongly curtailed, and they won't take the pipe to save the planet, but they do expect you and me to die for the cause and the betterment of those left in charge of things, as it were.

Comment by Jerseygal on September 17, 2015 at 9:44pm

Hey Robert!  I think you can stay signed in via the browser you use.  I'm not sure there is a way to do it from the settings here on FR.  I've used a few browsers over the rears, and I was always asked if I wanted to save the login and password.  I hope this helps!

Comment by Jerseygal on September 18, 2015 at 6:57am

Hi Jerome! It's good to see you! I always welcome your insights, and your writings, if you have gotten back to doing that. God bless.

Comment by J. Francis Roth on September 18, 2015 at 7:04am

Thanks JG, I'm trying to get back into the groove.  Since I've retired, I've been busier than ever.  Maybe now since we sold the ranch and the horses I will have more time to write.  As you know I have a passion for writing, always have.  As always this website and it's contributors are always an inspiration. Jerome

Comment by Jodi180 on October 22, 2015 at 2:40pm

81 Major Corporations--Including Google, Facebook, Coca Cola, Gener...

The article states:

Signing the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge shows a continuing commitment to action preventing global warming and is intended to set an example for other companies to pursue similar policies

So, Coca-Cola has signed on to 'set an example'.  Obviously, that was the intention of their presence at the business ethics meeting.  I wonder how many of the other 80 will be at the next meetings?


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