Play the game the way it was meant to be played. You’ve probably heard that before. It’s about sports, obviously, but when people say it, they often apply it to other situations, like business.
It’s no secret that public confidence in business is down after the financial crisis of the past three years, including the bailouts of the insurance and automobile industries. Regardless of the causes, citizens have a healthy skepticism of how specific companies have run their operations.
When we use the phrase about playing the game the right way, we’re making a simple statement: Be honest. Be ethical. Don’t cheat or lie or steal. Sounds easy.
While most businesses arguably operate above-board, it’s the few bad eggs that can give us the black eyes. If there’s someone in the electronic security industry scamming customers or manipulating sales offers, it hurts all of us.
Let’s keep to the high road. ESA established a code-of-ethics years ago and tightened it up last year. Every ESA member company pledges to adhere to our code and that’s a good thing. We need to continue emphasizing ethics for all companies in our industry, while holding ourselves accountable.
Do the right thing, as Spike Lee would say, and good things will follow.