Ethical leadership

May 6, 2015

I had a coffee with a young women entrepreneur a few days ago.  She is working to certify her retail business as a B Corp and meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. She is moving on a new business venture and was looking for a few community contacts to help make it a success – for her business and the planet.

A few days later, at my Meridian Credit Union Director Orientation, we discussed the values of co-operatives – self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity – and the seven co-operative principles by which co-operatives put their values into practice including concern for community. Co-operatives work for the sustainable development of their communities through policies approved by their members.

In a few weeks, I will be speaking at a conference on corporate social responsibility. I am part of a panel talking about the value of ensuring cities become sustainable and smart.

The women entrepreneur in my story, B Corps, co-operatives, corporate social responsibility and smart cities have at least one thing in common – they model a commitment to ethical leadership.

Photo credit:  Wesley Fryer – Creative Commons