Building sustainable value ofr our world .pdf
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Building sustainable value for our world
According to Milton Friedman, the father of capitalism philosophy once said that “There is one
and only one social responsibility of business–to use it resources and engage in activities
designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say,
engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud” which reflects the only
objective of the corporations is to maximize the wealth of shareholders and ignores social
What are the achievements of capitalism in the past decade?
Unfortunately, the results are not something that Milton Friedman would expect: saturation in
the developed markets, a widening inequality between the rich and the poor and many critical
environmental issues. There are huge challenges for the capitalism to face in the next decade
otherwise it would not be able to sustain in the long-term. The simple fact is that: in meeting
the needs for our current generation, we are destroying the ability of the future generations to
meet theirs. Hence, the true is that if we keep consuming like people in the developed world,
we would need 3 planets instead of one in order to support lives of all people by 2050.
What solutions can we have in order to solve this issue?
There is no way to change this fact if we keep living like this. Changing the way we consume and
use natural resources will be a huge initiative to create a sustainable planet for future
generations. There is one and only one solution called “sustainability” which is defined as the
ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their needs.” More importantly, corporations shouldn’t see CSR (corporate social
responsibility) and sustainability as a cost of doing business but an opportunity to grow and
sustain in the long-term. That’s why in 2011, Michael Porter and Mark Kramer came up with the
Shared Valued concept that helps corporations change the way they are doing business.
According to Porter and Kramer, shared valued could be defined as “policies and operating
practices that enhance the competitiveness of a company while simultaneously advancing the
economic and social conditions in the communities in which it operates.” This concept goes
against the capitalism theory of Milton Friedman since shared valued creation emphasizes on
identifying and expanding the connections between societal and economic progress rather than
focusing on developing economic values alone. Therefore, the modern business model that all
the corporations are pursuing nowadays is not only a corporation that can create economic
values for itself but also can create social and environmental values for the community – the socalled triple bottom line.
DO Quang Minh 18/03/2014
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