We are all familiar with business contracts. You do things for me, sell me things, I give you money. Or the opposite, I sell, do things, you give me money. We’ve all had vendors / suppliers that have broken the business contract. We’ve stopped using them, sometimes use the courts to rectify things.
The recent issues with IFI have invoked a social contract “do bad things to your people I won’t do business with you”. In the last few weeks, lots of you / your teams have made these statements. A lot of you have made pretty heated comments about this. Lots of us have shown support for the IFI people and others that were wronged.
I have social contracts with a number of companies. I don’t shop at Walmart due to their business activities, employee treatment, etc. I don’t eat at Chic Fil a, or Pappa Johns due to their anti LGBTQIA+ strances, Hobby Lobby is of course a non starter.
I love my original iPad Air (2014), but will not buy another Apple product because of all the human rights issues with Foxconn and their business practices in Wisconsin.
I realize that Foxconn is problematic since they are one of the largest white label maker of displays in the world.
Other companies are a problem. Microsoft (Microsoft's Toxic Culture Persists Despite Pledge by CEO Satya Nadella) I’d love to boot MS, but the business world still uses them.
Amazon has a long, well documented history of employee issues.
Royal Dutch Shell is the worst of the oil companies, but it’s the fuel my marina supplies, so not much of a choice.
Again, I’ve said this many times, I do not condone misogyny, harassment or bullying / threats. It’s wrong and people should stop. In the following three sentences I am not defending anyone’s actions, I’m asking for your thoughs.
Who have you stopped dealing with? How do you draw the line? How is your cognitive dissonance waving your pitchfork while typing into your latest iPhone?