Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 24th Jan 2014 10:22 UTC
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In early 2005, as demand for Silicon Valley engineers began booming, Apple's Steve Jobs sealed a secret and illegal pact with Google's Eric Schmidt to artificially push their workers wages lower by agreeing not to recruit each other's employees, sharing wage scale information, and punishing violators. On February 27, 2005, Bill Campbell, a member of Apple's board of directors and senior advisor to Google, emailed Jobs to confirm that Eric Schmidt "got directly involved and firmly stopped all efforts to recruit anyone from Apple."

Later that year, Schmidt instructed his Sr VP for Business Operation Shona Brown to keep the pact a secret and only share information "verbally, since I don't want to create a paper trail over which we can be sued later?"

This is why I always smile whenever I hear a pundit claim his or her pet company "does no evil" or has "moral standards". Companies are guided by one thing, and one thing alone: money. They have no morals. They have no moral compass. We see evidence of this every single day - whether it's poor working conditions in low-wage countries, scummy tax evasion techniques, or stuff like this, which is essentially robbing hard-working people of their money.

It's important to note, though, that the way companies work in our society has also been a major factor in the development of our wealth, luxury, and scientific progress; so no, it's not all bad. However, I do wish companies would stop spouting the obvious nonsense that they "do no evil" or have "moral standards", when it's clear to everyone with more than two brain cells to rub together that that's just a bunch of marketing bullshit. I really feel for the people that actually believe that nonsense.

Of course, the criminals responsible for the illegal behaviour described in the article should be put behind bars. Sadly, that won't happen.

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Why do we insist on that?
by martini on Fri 24th Jan 2014 13:12 UTC
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A company needs to be legal, needs to have a good working environment, needs to be moral, but his final goal is to make money. Because that is the goal of an enterprise on the capitalism system.

Money is the score that tells you if you company is fine or not. Money at the end of the year will tell you to switch the strategy, or continue with the same model.

When you put money on a company and became an investor, what do you expect? ... you expect that the compay is moral, legal, good working enviroment, but if you don't get profits according to the plan, is the company working fine? (Also there is problem when investors want unrealistic profits)

Being moral, treating employee good, working according to the law is part of the path of making profits. You had to mix all of that in a company.

But there are people that creates companies with the only goal of having good working conditions, on that base you better create a foundation or maybe work for a government institution which seeks a non-profitable goal.

One day, hopefully, we will have a Gene Roddenberry's future when money does not have todays value, that day all will change ;)

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