As I started to write this article, I pondered where to begin. Do I start with Brexit, an event most said would never happen? Do we discuss the recent activity by the Bank of England rolling out a package of stimulus measures in hopes to hedge off a potential harm from the Brexit vote? Do I begin with the recent uprising in Turkey and lament about the innocent people who might now be imprisoned and the effect this will have on outsourcing to this region? What about the horrific terror attacks in Paris, Brussels, Germany, Orlando or San Bernardino? Or at the conclusion of both party's conventions, do I talk about the impact of an election in the USA with two candidates who create apathy for a majority of all American voters?
If anyone had told me a year ago that this was the going to be the basis of my thought process, I would say they were crazy. None of this would have seemed possible, and yet all of it is real. As most people lament about protecting borders and push for more nationalism and protectionism, we forget about all the great things that have come out of globalization. We have been able to raise millions of people out of poverty into middle class through global sourcing in services and manufacturing; we have created middle classes that now spend more money on western goods and services; we have continued to spread the prosperity of the United States on a global basis; and we have allowed United States brands to prosper in these other countries. As we think about war torn countries we need to think about "impact sourcing" and our ability to move jobs to those areas. It is a proven fact that when people have jobs and reliable income we see less propensity for people to take to the streets to fight. We need every man, woman and child to have a chance to obtain legitimate work and a living wage. We should realize that once you go global it is hard to go back. Therefore, rather than nationalism, why can't we all be inhabitants of the same earth? I believe that individuals and their personal initiatives have made a difference in this world and will continue to do so. I hope that we can make it through these troubling times to begin to be able to look at the wonderful future we can have together on this earth, not as us vs. them.
All of this It comes hot on the heels of businesses getting a reminder from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York on June 22, who told those assembled that, "All businesses, everywhere, can and should play a role in improving our world." He also added, "That starts with integrity - doing business right." As we continue to support the 2030 Agenda, we have to take notice that one of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda is actually on sustainable development. Yet even some of the highest rated countries for fulfilling the goals established in the 2030 Agenda - such as Sweden - score "red" (or poorly) on some of them.
We can't let the current environment stop us from trying to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that 193 countries agreed to less than a year ago. From human trafficking to global warming, we all have to pay attention and keep moving forward like our lives depend up on it (which they do to a great extent). We need to continue to have integrity and do business right. It is my sincere hope that people remain interested in achieving these lofty goals and regardless of political and emotional unrest, agree that we are stronger if we work together as global citizens.