Company ProfilesCompany Profiles

---Feature Stories on Responsible Companies------

Winery with a Mission: Fetzer Vineyards Husbands the Earth's Resources
By Miriam Schulman, editor of Issues in Ethics, Vol. 7, No. 2.

From Synchilla to School Support—Outdoor Clothing Manufacturer Patagonia Recognized for Corporate Responsibility by Lisa Gardiner, Issues in Ethics, Vol. 8, No. 1.


---Corporate Philanthropy

Ben and Jerry's mission statement includes information about "initiating innovative ways to improve the quality of life of a broad community local, national and international." For example, the Ben and Jerry's Foundation was formed to address social and environmental problems. At the same time, the company's mission statement emphasizes "increasing value for our shareholders."

Questions: Do these two aspects of the same mission statement contradict each other? Or, to put it another way, does the effort to contribute to society as a whole through charitable contributions and other company programs compromise the rights of shareholders to receive the best possible return on their investment?

Other companies describing their philanthropy:
Avon Texaco
American Express J. P. Morgan
Ralston Purina Hewlett-Packard
General Motors Timberland
Johnson & Johnson  

---Protecting the Environment

Ford Johnson & Johnson
Ecoprint Rockwell
General Motors Odwalla

--dCompany Codes of Ethics and Credos---

Nortel Networks Halliburton
Buckman Laboratories Johnson & Johnson
Keidanren, the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations, formed a "Charter for Good Corporate Behavior." Keidanren's membership includes all major Japanese companies and industry associations.

---Producing a Safe Product

Volvo This page summarizes the safety features of the Volvo model line, including inflatable side curtains, impact-absorbing body structure, multiple air bags and whiplash protection.

Mercedes Safety features covered include side air bags and pop-up roll bar.

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