What Does It Profit?
What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?
Spoiler alert: Nothing.
This bible verse has endured over the centuries as a reminder that we can’t put our price tag on what matters most.
Yet, time and again, businesses have put profits above all — leading our world to the brink of a climate catastrophe, an inequality crisis, and the greatest extinction of other creatures since the dinosaurs (except this time, the meteor is us).
Can we align growing returns with the greater good? Former investment banker turned business ethicist Dawn Carpenter believes we can — and that figuring out how just might save the world.
In What Does It Profit? Dawn talks with the world’s leading thinkers and researchers, entrepreneurs and executives, exploring the most innovative ways we can reconcile capitalism’s demand for profit with the long term well-being of people and the planet.
From socially responsible investing to conscious consumerism to business ethics in this age of extremes, Dawn is your guide to the cutting-edge ideas and experiments driving the purpose-driven business revolution.
About the Host:
After finding herself sharing an elevator ride with JPMorgan CEO Jaime Dimon, she was struck by a sobering question– what was she doing with her life? She loved being a banker and derived great satisfaction in bringing together those who needed capital with those who had excess to invest. But was this all she was called to do? Her answer was an energetic “not even close.”
Motivated by a higher purpose, Dawn set out to find the answer to the challenging questions of why do we work and what responsibility do we have for the wealth that is generated by that work? Dawn engages in dialogue about the morality of the impact of business and investment.