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About the Author

Robert Girling is a professor in the School of Business at Sonoma State University where he teaches in the graduate program. He received his Ph. D. from Stanford University and has taught and consulted in 20 countries. His previous professional experience includes teaching at the Federal University of Bahia, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, the University of the West Indies, and American University in Washington D.C. He has consulted with the World Bank, USAID, the United Nations, and the International Center for Research on Women. He is a social entrepreneur who co-founded LIDERE, a school improvement program in Brazil which worked with 80 schools in Northeastern Brazil and a co-founder of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference series. Professor Girling is the author of many articles and books including Multinational Institutions and the Third World (1985); Education: Management and Participation (1990); The Participatory School (2006) The Good Company (2012)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Hill Press (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615602339
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615602332
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Good Company offers up an enlightening and encouraging thesis: Profitability and corporate responsibility are not mutually exclusive. Non-profits do not have the corner market on going out into the world to do good and for-profit businesses do not have to slash and burn in the pursuit of the almighty dollar. With each case study about companies who are philanthropic in nature, or especially benevolent to their employees, etc. I couldn't help but wonder, "But isn't all of this just a marketing ploy? Are we only hearing from the happy employees? What are they not telling us?" Of course when I got to the last chapter I saw that these doubts were addressed by the acknowledgement that we do need some kind of policing of claims from companies since consumers have been burned before. Maybe if that were addressed earlier in the book that nagging distrust could have been alleviated? Consumers are sick to death of seeing pictures of a CEO presenting a check to rag wearing orphans with a big smile on his face only to hear that he is secretly doing something awful behind the scenes. Is it truly philanthropy if you get something in return or is it just bartering for goodwill and PR? I respect the acknowledgement by the owner of Give Something Back who said people aren't making good companies just out of the goodness of their hearts but because customers are now demanding it. This book with its numerous case studies of successful and responsible companies and concepts such as the quadruple bottom line, that being responsible doesn't have to come at the cost of profits, illustrates that ethics and sustainability shouldn't be afterthoughts or marketing tools but just part of doing business. I will most definitely bring this thesis forward into my professional life as gives me proof that I am not doomed to walk into the world leaving big, heavy, ugly footprints in the Earth when I conduct business but instead can tread lightly.
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Once a company goes public, how does it remain competitive and "responsible" to its shareholders, while at the same time practice social responsibility? Under the capitalist system, many would say this is impossible. Professor Girling's book is filled with case studies showing how capital can be used for the better good of society, and is required reading for young entrepreneurs with a vision.
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I am an ESL teacher who teaches business to foreign students. I have been looking for resources on Global Businesses that make a difference. The Good Company does exactly that.--It helps students see that there are a growing number of companies like Give Something Back and Kiva that are not all like Exxon Mobile or Goldman Sachs. These companies are working to make the world a better place against all odds.
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Robert H. Girling's latest book, The Good Company, uniquely sets the business in the broader context of its relationship with people, the environment and the global community. Girling presents a refreshing array of new business approaches that create new value beyond the bottom line and serve to shake up the status quo. A must-read today, this book gives hope for renewal in our volatile times.

Girling, a professor at Sonoma State University in the School of Business and Economics, recognizes that business-as-usual is no longer an option. Consumers are changing - we are demanding greater transparency in the products we buy and how they are produced. The old business model is rapidly depleting our natural resources. Employees want to feel that they're contributing to a better world. Growing inequities are undermining our communities as well as the buying power of consumers - the lifeblood of a company. As Girling puts it, the old business model has become dominated by narrow self interest, greed, arrogance and insensitivity to the greater good. A good company is "a business that looks beyond the private profit that benefits shareholders and investors to include the welfare of employees who produce the products and services (as well as those of its suppliers), the community that hosts the company, and the environment that supplies the natural resources" (page 23).

Reflecting a diverse mix of industries and new business approaches, this book offers more evidence that a successful business model can in fact be based on doing good. The most exciting example is the growing movement around the Benefit Corporation which revises corporate law to consider non-shareholder interests as a legal responsibility of corporate directors.
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The Good Company is the best resource that I have found for use in my seminars that train social entrepreneurs. I work with all kinds of
entrepreneurs and it is wonderful to be able to cite these examples of companies doing such a good job both with social and environmental practices.
I highly recommend it to all aspiring entrepreneurs. Its a compendium of inspiring stories combined with practical advice, and highly readable.

Mary O'Connor
President, The Institute for Social Entrepreneurship
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