The impacts of the coronavirus, COVID-19, are unfolding before our eyes and the impact is being felt in so many ways. We are in uncharted waters and for many of us, experiencing a moment that is unlike any other in our lifetimes.
My closest personal experience is when I worked in NYC and lived just outside it during September 11th. While that day was one of the saddest in my life, it was for me, also one of the most affirming for the goodness of humanity.
My grandparents lived through the depression and world wars. I’ve heard their stories of hardship, read the books, and seen the films.
A common thread weaves through these times of unfathomable disruption: leaders lead.
Time to Lead
Today, it is time for the Ethisphere community to lead as well. The moment is now.
The companies that have the most impact in the world – the largest, global, and best performing companies – have to be out in front on addressing the impacts of the coronavirus. We know they can do it. We see it every day and every year when we recognize the World’s Most Ethical Companies™, hear leading voices at the Global Ethics Summit, and convene the hundreds of global member companies of our Business Ethics Leadership Alliance.
These companies are not afraid to address tough issues. They work hard to make their communities a better place through programs that touch those at greatest risk; help employees succeed through diversity, inclusion, wellness and mental health initiatives; collaborate with other organizations to protect the planet; and a wide range of other actions that make the world a better place. These are not small endeavors. It takes leadership, dedication, resources, and a sense of purpose.
Every company can make a difference. Many are contemplating how. What does values-based leadership look like in practice? Here’s our checklist: