Does Being Ethical Pay?

Recently the Wall Street Journal explored one aspect of this perennial question. Will consumers pay more for products they believe are ethically superior to regular products or even products produced in an unethical fashion? I have known the answer to this question for quite some time. If consumers weren’t willing to pay a premium for products that are...

On the Road Again

I hate leaving home on Sunday afternoons. The weekend is short enough as it is. With spring in Vermont in full bloom, and my daughter home from college, I was sad to be taking off. My week began with a Monday morning speech at the Front End of Innovation conference, which was held in Boston’s World Trade Center. I spoke about “What Does Green...

Blood on Their Hands

Recently the New York Times reviewed The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker, by Steven Greenhouse, a reporter for the newspaper. The book, published by Knopf last week, examines how companies like Fed Ex and Walmart bleed workers to reap hundreds of millions of dollars in savings, and points to Patagonia and Costco as models that inspire employees...