Many people speak about the importance of purpose in business. Working with an end in mind. Creating value with what you do as an organization. But what does this truly mean? Businesses around the world are creating a number of products from cars to computers to cell phones. But what value is truly being created? It truly is a question of convenience; technology has given us the ability to communicate in ways we had never dreamed of. We have cars, electricity, heat, television, refrigerators. My question is this: given the world’s economy as it stands, which is one of extreme poverty, are we creating anything with any value? First, we must define value. Websters dictionary defines value as: “to rate in usefulness, importance or general worth.” I ask this question: given the fact that 9 million people starve to death each year, 1 in 9 people around the world don’t get enough food to eat, 1 in 3 are malnourished, 1 in 9 don’t have access to clean drinking water. Are what we are doing impacting the real issues facing the world today? Is what we are doing creating any value keeping the global community as our end in mind?
This is a very difficult issue because the problem seems too large to us. We enjoy our quality of life. For example, Americans spent $36 Billion dollars on video games in 2017. This exceeds the donations for example of the UN World food programme which was $6 billion in 2017. The issue of poverty is truly out of perspective. To create value, we must bring the world's issues as our priority.
So how do we create value in what we do? We must look at what is important for our local communities, our country, our nation, and other countries around the world. It is our obligation as citizens of the global community to act compassionately to the real issues facing our world today. Some may ask why? The reason is truly that we are part of not only economic systems but we also are connected spiritually and psychologically. Everyone knows of the poverty around the world, and just ignoring it will not make the effect of it go away. The current migration problems, terrorism, and war are all due to the imbalance of wealth in the world. We may not be aware of it, but we are all connected in some way. When people are starving to death, in a way we feel it. Just because civilizations are thousands of miles away does not mean that we do not feel, or are affected by their suffering. We are a global community. There is one God over us all. We are all brothers and sisters, not only by blood, but also by faith.
I look at it this way. If there was no more starvation, if everyone around the world shared in prosperity, they had enough food to eat, water to drink, housing, clothing….would there be any more crime? War? I don’t think so.