4.27.2006

Now I know why it feels good to come into work...

I just read that we're ranked #7 among companies, ethically speaking.

http://www.business-ethics.com/whats_new/100best.html

Actually I think that's pretty cool. It's the first year we've actually made it on the list and, as far as I can tell, the only public CRM company on the list. Not too shabby given the names I'm seeing below us on the ranking scale (Intel, Cisco, Dell, Texas Instruments, etc)...

No Oracle. No Microsoft. No RightNow. That makes me smile.

Good job us.

Now when are those pesky other CRM vendors going to finally go public so we can see where they compare? I'm holding my breath for Netsuite. This is only the 3rd year they've said they're going public... At least this time they're saying it more formally. I think when they figure out their valuation won't nearly be close to ours (http://www.salesforcewatch.com/2006/03/netsuite_to_go_.html) they'll quietly cancel plans....again.

Of course, I'm not going to start bashing on Netsuite... I'm far too ethical for that.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The social responsibility of business is to increase profits." Milton Friedman

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_33/b3947115_mz017.htm

4/28/2006 11:10 AM  
Blogger Benjamin said...

"... in this era of globalization, where corporations are often targets of protest for the changes they bring to communities worldwide, giving back becomes more important to demonstrate unity and understanding. Besides, no company can expect long-term success with the community languishing ... the prosperity of business is dependent upon the prosperity of the United State, indeed, the world as a whole." from Compassionate Capitalism, pg. 15.

4/30/2006 11:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed that giving back can be beneficial as a form of marketing and PR (and recruiting/retention, as Friedman mentions in the article). But as a counterpoint, US corporations have decades of successful operations in third-world nations that could be considered "languishing." Benioff is by all accounts a marketing maven and any of his corporate largesse should be viewed from that angle.

5/01/2006 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't give yourself too many pats on the back. CRM's supply chain is minimal, so being socially responsible is easy for you guys. Companies that do real manufacturing, like Cisco, AMD, HP, etc -- now they have a difficult job maintaining compliance in their supply chain.

5/01/2006 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i do applaud sfdc's volunteerism efforts - it's definitely more developed than at other companies.

at the same time, does hiring hookers to "hang out with" prospects at events not count as criteria in ethical measurement?

5/02/2006 9:43 AM  
Blogger Omega said...

Hah! I'm not aware of our hiring hookers policy at events. I am aware of a few gogo dancers that were hired at a company event though that people got a little heat for...

5/02/2006 9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the hiring of "ladies of questionable standing" thing is one of those "don't ask don't tell" business acts that happened at least once to a rather taken aback witness, but isn't something that any named employee is really going to discuss.

i guess you could be asked if you want to dance with a go go dancer "offsite", and whatever else happens is the customer/prospect's own business. also, this happens with some frequency in business. that's life.

however to be fair, they should make sure that dancers of either gender are provided for customers/prospects of either gender. all's fair nowadays. ;-)

5/03/2006 11:52 AM  

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