Psychopaths and multinational companies
The main goal of a company is to create money or, according to investment jargon, shareholder value, for investors. This is a generally accepted belief in a market economy and there are very few who deny it. Worldwide, the managers of large companies are under pressure to achieve the quarterly updated profit targets. If the company they manage does not perform well, sooner or later they have to say goodbye to their well-paid jobs; which are often paired with a share option to be exercised when the stock market value increases. It is therefore unsurprising that often nothing but profit counts and increasing areas are taken from nature; increasing air and water pollution and ruining communities and lives. It is not by chance that the producers of the popular documentary film “The Corporation”, made in 2003, portrayed the downsides of modern companies, drawing a parallel between today’s multinational companies and psychopaths: neither of them having a conscience or set of moral-based values. Although regulation endeavours to control excessive growth, in the lack of real co-operation, that has only been successful to a limited extent in our globalised world.