Trust Digest 82 (February 2, 2015)

Sunlight on Corruption: An Important Strategy in the Global Anti-Corruption Movement
Everyone is against corruption. Everyone knows that corruption can stifle economic development and increase economic disparity and poverty. When government officials take money for their own benefit, they are robbing the law-abiding public of the benefits of public and private spending.
Key Words: Transparency, Corruption
Trust Issues: Corruption, Morality

Bill Gates Expects Historic Improvement in Lives of Poor
Bill Gates, the world’s richest man, and his wife Melinda said that conditions for the world’s poorest people will improve more dramatically in the coming 15 years than at any other time in history. Advancements in medical care and illness prevention for children, efforts to eradicate polio and other diseases and new farming techniques in Africa will drive “major breakthroughs” for most people in poor countries, according to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation annual letter published Wednesday night in Seattle.
Key Words: Charity, Poverty
Trust Issues: Leadership, Morality

Cars With Faulty Airbags Are Recalled Second Time, but Fix May Take a Year
Toyota, Chrysler and Honda are recalling about 2.1 million vehicles with airbags that might suddenly deploy even when the vehicle is not in a crash after earlier recalls did not sufficiently address the problem. Federal regulators said replacement parts might not be fully available until the end of the year.
Key Words: Recalls, Safety
Trust Issues: Integrity, Competence

Alibaba's Woes in China Could Spread to the U.S.                               
In China, the land of the Great Firewall, local Internet companies are supposed to enjoy a home-field advantage. The Communist Party leadership is notoriously wary about the ability of ordinary Chinese to speak their minds, look at naughty pictures, or engage in other online behavior that makes censors jittery—and foreign-owned companies make officials especially nervous. Google, for instance, won't play by China's censorship rules. Local search giant Baidu, on the other hand, will.
Key Words: Bribes, Credibility, Counterfeit
Trust Issues: Regulation, Integrity, Bribery

Scowcroft and Brzezinski's Five Most Interesting Ideas
You're busy. So you didn't have time to watch last week's Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when former national security advisors Brent Scowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski reviewed the state of the world over two riveting hours. As the saying goes, "class was in session."
Key Words: Foreign Relations, Government
Trust Issues: Integrity, Capability, Stability

Corporate Sustainability Practices for Small Manufacturing Firms
What exactly is corporate sustainability? Vestal Tutterow*, an alumnus of the Virginia Tech Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) program, recently wrote a report that seeks to answer just this question. Part of Tutterow’s capstone project, the report is based on a literature review and personal communications with managers.
Key Words: Corporate Sustainability
Trust Issues: Sustainability, Environmentalism

Taliban Justice Gains Favor as Official Afghan Courts Fail
Matiullah Khan and Muhammad Aywaz were each dug in, their property dispute in southern Afghanistan at an impasse. Despite paying more than $1,000 apiece in lawyers’ fees, they found no resolution in the government’s judicial system. The tribal courts, informal networks of elders that most rural Afghans rely on, had also come up short.
Key Words: Justice, Gallup
Trust Issues: Public Confidence, Ability

Is ethics the saviour of branding?
Branding as we know it today is dying. These aren’t just whispers from the fringe but discussions in mainstream journals ranging from Wired Magazine to the Harvard Business Review. And though they all agree that it doesn’t work anymore, what they disagree on is the solution, with options ranging from customer experience to brand ambassadorship to micro-branding to, of course, sustainability. But these all fail to strike at the root of the problem.
Key Words: Ethics, Branding
Trust Issues: Ethics, Engagement, Social Responsibility

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