Business leaders should espouse positive leadership in their communities
It’s incredibly important to have a strong company culture in any business. What is company culture? Built In defines company culture as “…a set of shared values, goals, attitudes and practices that characterize an organization.”
These values, goals, and attitudes tend to be direct reflections of the people who found, shape, and run the business and will be different for everyone you ask. Here at Hire Like Fire, we have a lot of things that are very important to us as business owners, but also as individuals. For myself and my co-founder, one of our defining values is good stewardship.
In its simplest definition, stewardship is the responsible planning and management of resources (Inc). We apply this sensibility to how we manage our company resources. It drives the decisions we make and the relationships we build. It impacts critical internal decisions that we make but we also feel that our relationship with the world at large is driven by this ethos.
Hire Like Fire wants to help the world to continue conducting business in ways that are responsible and ethical to our global community. For example, by assisting in being a driving force in the field of championing remote work, we can help reduce commuting, which contributes substantially to climate degradation. In the past decade, work commutes contributed to more than a quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the US alone (WWF). By continuing to develop our business model in line with the needs of our global community, we hope to significantly contribute to fighting issues like climate change.
We believe that as business leaders, we should also be leaders in our local and global communities. Author Edward E Lawler explained in Forbes “Today, corporations play central roles in communities, nations, and the world, and their unprecedented access to resources and power position them to become “stewards of the future of humanity and the earth,” and ethically obligated to act as such.” (Forbes)
We agree that it is our ethical duty to take a stand to ensure that the resources we use and the influence that we wield as a company is used for good. That is why we donate 5% of all net profits each quarter to charities that make the world a better place. We have listed the charities we currently work with below:
Global Giving. The largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country.
Rainforest Trust. Rainforest Trust purchases and protects the most threatened tropical forests, saving endangered wildlife through partnerships and community engagement.
Clean Air Task Force. The Clean Air Task Force’s mission is to push the change in technologies and policies needed to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost.
These charities reflect our core values as a business and of the people in it by promoting good stewardship in business and in the world at large. How are your values reflected in your business? Do you practice and promote good stewardship in your policies and procedures or volunteer/donate to any particular causes?