Social Business Ethics & the Question of Good and Evil


In running a social enterprise and entrepreneurial skills, sometimes I think to myself: “I’m passionate about helping people. I’m passionate about wanting to bring good into the world.”

But when we want to do these sorts of good things and we want to focus on good, sometimes I tend to think to myself “Well if we want to be doing good, then there must be a counterbalance to that. And obviously, the counterbalance – the opposite – of good is evil.” And I question and I wonder about the forces of good and evil in the world.

A Struggle of Good and Evil?

Being a social entrepreneur and running a social business, I suppose you yourself have to come to grips with that struggle: the struggle of good and evil.

Now it’s a bit of a philosophical sort of query. It’s a bit moralistic and thinking more in terms of ethics, but I think it really is important particularly for social entrepreneurs who need to think in those terms.

Business Ethics in Practice: Black, White, Grey

Regarding ‘good’ and ‘evil’, as children we were taught that it’s very clear. That good on the one hand is this, whereas evil is that – it’s very black and white. But in the real world, where we practise, where reality comes into play and human emotions and the human dimension and complexities and all different events and circumstances come together, sometimes there is a grey of good and evil.

Share Your Opinions

And I just wonder, I want to ask you out there: How do you come to grips with these sorts of ideas of good and evil and that struggle? How do you keep sane? How do you keep it together – in knowing what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’ and trying to sort out that ‘greyness’?

Because there are influences out there and there are circumstances and things sometimes you just don’t understand. And as a community of social entrepreneurs and social businesspeople wanting to do good, I pose that question to you: How do you deal with the forces of ‘good’ and ‘evil’ through your entrepreneurial skills?

Note: Please excuse the poor sound quality of the video. As I was living and working in Bangladesh at the time of this video, it was the rainy monsoon season. Therefore, the sounds in the background were the fierce winds and pouring rain. Thank you for your understanding.