Viewers will tag along with Rath to a variety of locations around the globe, experiencing places beyond sight-seeing, and using travel as a relatable mechanism for the audience.
A New Kind of Capitalism
“If a company starts with a purpose, then all other things start to fall in place.”
It used to be that business was about profit, no matter the cost to employees, community and environment. Now, a new twist on the system that fuels wealth and industry in America and for many countries around the globe is gaining momentum. In the CuriosityStream original documentary Conscious Capitalism, thought leaders, along with the leaders of two corporations — Whole Foods Market and Waste Management — provide an insider’s look at the new face of capitalism.
In the documentary, producer Dan Birman asks viewers to imagine a world where a different model operates. And what better time to ask that question, as the world, and the economy, is adjusting to a new normal.
“If a company starts with a purpose, then all other things start to fall in place,” Birman said. Businesses that subscribe to this idea would choose to reduce the disparity in wages between their managements and employees, be more environment-friendly, and charge fairer prices. Thus, they build sustainability by gaining the trust of consumers and the community. Birman admits, “It sounds utopian in some respects, but it’s a great model to at least discuss.”
Let’s put this into context. Have you ever paid a visit to your local Whole Foods and noticed that the employees seem happy and knowledgeable about their product? That could be attributed to the fact that Whole Foods has revolutionized employee relations by focusing on team member engagement, empowerment, job satisfaction and fair wages, driving down its turnover rate to just 14%, compared to the 47% grocery industry average, according to John Mackey, CEO and co-founder of Whole Foods Market, who is considered by many to be one of the fathers of the conscious capitalism movement.
Plus, get a behind-the-scenes look at how Waste Management, North America’s leading provider of comprehensive waste management and residential recycling services, is protecting the environment while also generating $13 billion in revenues from lines of business that include recycling, landfill renewable natural gas projects, landfill gas-to-energy projects and carbon sequestration in landfills.
The film not only highlights these success stories, but also gives viewers insight into the four pillars of conscious capitalism and why this new way of doing business works in the modern economy. Particularly timely, of course, as businesses are looking for new ways to survive and thrive in the coronavirus economy. Food for thought.
Watch the trailer below and watch the full documentary here. Stay curious, everyone.
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