When looking into ethics within companies, I came across Procter & Gamble, the huge conglomerate headquartered in my hometown of Cincinnati. The company, which works in consumer products, has long been a good model ethically. They have embraced the sustainability concept that is so important in a company primarily comprised of manufacturing products. The company has gone so far as to produce a report card on their sustainability activity, released publicly.
However, I came across an incident that happened in 2001 that showed darker days for P and G. Workers at the company had been found to have been spying on it’s chief rival, Unilever, going so far as to look into trash cans. It became a tough decision for the chairman at the time, John Pepper. It highlights that even if you try your best to make the company culture good, there is always the threat of individuals going against that culture. P&G is huge company, yet the antics of a couple of people became headline news. I thought this was interesting because it shows just how difficult it is to run an ethical organization.