We are one of the least corrupt countries in Latin America. No one disputes that. Even worldwide our indexes are positive. Many highlight the functioning of our institutions. But is it enough? No. It is rather an opportunity to do things better. Considering our awards and admitting that we have also made mistakes, Chile should adopt a strategic stance on these issues. How? By working on the creation of a culture of duty to be.
About the company, public or private, we know that the role of the board of directors is key. Beyond the laws, it is proven that any act that the company takes will be its responsibility. Shareholders expect this group to give value to the company, that there is serious work and that the directors are on top of what the executive staff does, to which they have delegated tasks. The recommendation is to be distrustful, to make sure of the facts, and to apply greater control. What Eliodoro Matte did when he stated that he did not know about the collusion between CMPC and SCA in the tissue paper market cannot be repeated. A director must be aware of everything and watch over the correct functioning of the company.
Why instead of breaking the rule do we not strive to give the best we have? We all want to be number one, to grow in sales and market share. This is not a bad thing. But we must learn to say no to bad practices by creating a habit. We will see how the public’s trust returns.
In the firm I am part of, we are certified as a ‘B company’. This means that we want to fulfill a commitment to generate positive socio-environmental impacts, operating with high-performance standards. To belong to this category, it is not necessary to be part of a particular industry, have a certain size or turnover over a certain amount; it is a type of company committed to a path of improvement, considering consumers, workers, the community, investors and the environment. It is symbolic but it shows us the way to do things well.
By Susana Sierra