As capitalism's image crumbles, many of the world's biggest companies are trying to give it new life by showing it can mean more than just making money.
The attitudes and behaviour of employees are impacted much more strongly by the actions of their bosses than by their words. And the CEO is the most visible and powerful role model of all.
Despite a recent Tahoe Resources settlement and apology to Guatemalan protesters, Canadian companies can still get away with crimes committed abroad — even in the face of insurmountable evidence.
A new kind of capitalism is emerging in which companies value communities, the environment and workers just as much as profits. Even the Business Roundtable agrees.
On the heels of the SNC-Lavalin controversy, the Liberals have once again yielded to industry pressure and weakened their commitment to corporate accountability for Canadian companies abroad.