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|Monday, May 01, 2006|
By Brandon Sawyer
In the wake of heavily publicized fraud trials for a series of former Enron executives, the 29,000 Oregon employees who answered this year’s Oregon Business’ 100 Best Companies to Work for in Oregon survey remain confident in the ethical leadership of their companies.
At EthicsPoint of Portland, the No. 45 best small company, employees were similarly proud of the ethical foundation. “We are selling a service,” wrote one, “that creates ethical value in a world of mistrust. We collectively believe we are contributing to a better world.” The service is EthicsPoint’s confidential and anonymous hotline and secure Web form allowing clients’ employees to report any misdeeds they have witnessed.
Most of Providence’s employees know its core values by heart, says Elizabeth McCabe, the regional director of mission integration. That mission, to continue the healing ministry of Jesus with special concern for the poor and vulnerable, hasn’t changed since it was founded in the Northwest by Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and other Sisters of Providence in the 1850s.
On the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center campus, the Providence Center for Health Care Ethics regularly wrestles with challenging technological and end-of-life issues just as front-line employees, in caring for patients, are regularly forced to make ethical considerations. McCabe says there’s bound to be ethical spillover from the medical realm into business and management.
Most questions can be solved informally among staff, but if a problem is tricky enough it requires a “formal ethical discernment.” Any employee can call for one of these, but generally a mission director will guide it. Each Providence acute care site has its own full-time mission director. They have three responsibilities: being a “fire-keeper” for the sponsoring religious order (Sisters of Providence); orchestrating community benefits and social responsibility; and guiding ethical processes.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY LINDA BAKER
Les Schwab has put a premium on customer service since 1952, when legendary namesake Les Schwab founded the company with one store in Prineville. (Schwab died in 2007.) But if the corporate principles remain essentially the same, the world around this iconic Oregon business has changed dramatically.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
BY JASON NORRIS | GUEST BLOGGER
I don’t think anyone can (or should) remember what it was like to get things done without the internet. This milestone in technology has certainly benefited brick-and-mortar companies and subsequently launched a new era of businesses.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER
As retailers consolidate and newspapers fold, the business of modeling shifts to ad agencies, apparel companies and new media.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our 100 Best Companies project turned 21 this year, so pop open the Champagne. Our latest survey gives us plenty to cheer.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Brad Smith, founder of Hot Pepper Studios, and Travis Boersma, president of Dutch Bros. Coffee, share their recent reads.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
BY BRANDON SAWYER
Sales of small businesses surged in 2013 according to the biggest Internet marketplace of such transactions, BizBuySell, increasing to 7,056 reported sales, a 24% increase over 2012, when they dropped 7%. Portland Metro sales tracked by the site grew 9% to 73, capping three years of solid growth. On top of that, Portland’s median sale price jumped 67% to $250K, versus just 13% to $180K nationally. Portland was one of just six metros tracked where the median sale price matched the median asking price, with sellers getting, on average, 92% of what they asked.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
BY OB STAFF
Learn how to green your workplace and lower your environmental footprint at the office. Oregon Business presents a two-hour "Greening Your Workplace" seminar on May 28th, 2014 at the Nines Hotel in Portland.
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