Expecting to Provide the Best while not Preparing for the Worst

Across the globe, there are millions of not-for-profit organizations working with communities in order to enrich people’s lives. A not-for-profit organization is defined as an organization that does not distribute excess wealth to shareholders or members of the organization; instead, this excess wealth goes towards helping the organization achieve its goals. While the founders of not-for-profit organizations usually have the purest intentions, there are instances when actions of a not-for-profit organization can be unethical and, ultimately, end up harming its key stakeholders. The American Red Cross exemplifies a not-for-profit organization which, as a whole, has taken part in unethical decision making. Continue reading

What’s Underneath Patagonia?


We all know Patagonia as the high-end outerwear company that provides the perfect amount of warmth on these crisp fall days.  What we don’t see is what goes on behind the company’s doors.  Patagonia was founded in California in 1972 by Yvon Chouinard, who never intended for his product to be so fashion forward.  Maybe fashion forward is the wrong term to use here- it’s not like someone would wear a Patagonia to a formal ball in NYC, but you catch my drift. Continue reading

Sex or Wings?

What are they really selling?

For my Paper 2 Company I am going to look at Hooters.  I think this is a very interesting company that has a very unique strategy for success.  Check out the Hooters website for some light reading but some really attractive pictures of the employees, the Hooters Girls.  If you look around the site you can find that Hooters has ironically been raising money for a Breast Cancer Research Foundations.  If you look at the About page you will see that next to the company’s mission statement, a really gorgeous blonde.

The Mission Statement “Our mission is to provide a family of hospitality and services that achieves excellence and enhances lifestyles of all who come in contact with the Hooters brand.”

The Restaurant Mission Statement “We are committed to providing an environment of employee growth and development so that we can provide every guest a unique, entertaining dining experience in a fun and casual atmosphere delivered by attractive, vivacious Hooters Girls while making positive contributions to the communities in which we live.”

Below these statements it says HOOTERS MAKES YOU HAPPY!!  If you return to the main homepage there are opportunities to look at the Swimsuit Competition Winners Gallery, the Hooters Girls Calender, and the Hooters Girls Hall of Fame.  These pages are all fairly degrading to women and the woman body.  If you click on the “Want to be a Hooters Girl? link you can see the advice on how to look, dress, and exercise.  It talks about the look of a Hooters Girl and how to become a Hooters Girl.  If you are even more interested in becoming or learning about the life of a Hooters Girl you can watch the youtube video below (which you need to confirm your age in order to watch.  Is it porn?  No.  But it is ironic.)

Are the business practices ethical?  That is what I want to look into.  Are you selling food?  Sex?  Hot bodies?  An experience?  Do women and children enjoy this aspect of Hooters?  I am curious to do more research and find more about this company.

I do not have anything against the company, I even told my Dad when I was younger that I wanted to be a Hooters girl.  He didn’t like that too much.  I went through the Global Context Issues Database and found many articles about Hooters.  I read through a few of them and learned about the EEOC’s scrutiny of the company for not hiring men, and the current craze of “breastaurants” like Hooters.

I will focus on the company’s overall strategy and hiring processes, with a focus on the ethical principles behind the company.  Based on my initial research the company seems pretty degrading towards women.  I recently found an article in the NYTimes about how Hooters is re-organizing their marketing strategy focusing on women and families.  Are they changing the outfits?  Or the requirements to work their?  No.  They are making the inside of the restaurants lighter and the menu healthier.  Do women really want to eat with another girls’ breasts in their face?  Hm.  I am pretty pumped to write this paper.

Eggo not Ego

For over a century, Kellogg has provided us with wholesome cereals, snacks, and frozen foods.  Some of its most well-known brands include Rice Krispies, Fruit Loops, Special K, Pop Tarts, Eggo, Cheez-Its, Nutrigrain, Corn Flakes, Frosted Flakes, and Frosted Mini-Wheats.

What is even more impressive than this list of popular products is the company’s commitment to social and ethical responsibility.  Continue reading

Failure to Act

For both this blog and paper 2, I want to look into the American Red Cross organization. Before doing any research, I though the American Red Cross was a picture perfect company; I am not sure if I got this idea from the work they supposedly do or from the many advertising campaigns they have. Little did I know, the American Red Cross actually has a large amount of ethical issues. To begin, they were very late to respond to the Hurricane Katrina when it hit New Orleans and to the Victims of 9/11. Not only did they respond late, but they were inefficient and displayed a lackluster passion for helping people. I believe that the American Red Cross is setting itself up for failure. Continue reading

Finding a Company or Organization to Study (Blog 8)

With the advice of last week’s blog council (Thanks Grace, Heather, Mary, and Jenna), this week’s post is the chance to learn more about a company or organization (government or society) that you might use for paper 2.  This can be any organization, but one that is worthwhile for being an inspiring or anti-inspiring example is best.  We are looking for you to use good information literacy skills too bot h in what information you find, and in letting readers know what those sources were.

You are not obligated to use this organization as your case study for paper 2.  But you are welcome to.  Also, you may bring us up to speed on any of the previous organizations we have read about (from Apple to Z… there is no Z, but Wal-Mart is close).

To help get the ball rolling, some lists of notable companies are below.  Only suggestions… Continue reading