Does the company have an ethical role in society today?

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This is Mr. Mariano Negri, CEO of CMD Spa:


<<The best way to get a correct answer to this question that, today more than ever, many entrepreneurs are asking themselves, it is necessary to understand what it means to “behave ethically”.

First of all it is necessary to clarify the difference between what is not ethical and what is not legal. Respect for the governament laws in which you operate is a simple prerequisite for operating there and does not represent anything extraordinary.

Covid-19 pandemic has raised many questions within our society and the concept of ethics in business is increasingly present, but to understand it we need to answer the question: what is the role of the company? Faced with this question we can choose one of the answers: the maximization of the current production of value, or the return on invested capital by continuing and cultivating a set of interests of stakeholders, i.e. customers, employees, suppliers with social responsibility with all members of the territory around us. Only this last answer, which puts people and the territory in which we operate at the centre, allows us to talk about an ethical company, also called sustainable.

Putting it this way seems very simple: let’s put aside turnover and go on to improve the world.

In reality the two things are very much linked because ethical behaviour does not serve to appear or to do charity work, but is at the basis of the company’s success.>>