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Responsible Business Practices Enable Commercial Successes

The Telegraph: Business has the power to do immense good
Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline

“For business, behaving responsibly doesn’t compromise commercial success, it enables it. … Collectively, the private sector has the power to do immense good, using its innovation, resources and reach to create prosperity, provide employment and deliver goods and services people want and need. But businesses across different sectors, including my own, haven’t always got it right. In particular, we need to do a better job of being more transparent in our operations, and listening to and understanding society’s expectations of us. … At GSK, the organization I lead, we have a particular responsibility to use our scientific expertise and our global reach to develop innovative medicines and deliver them to people who need them around the world. … The transformation of Africa into a successful growth region is one such area that we need to focus on. There is a great opportunity for business to play a role, alongside governments and other agencies, to help deliver improved infrastructure in Africa and create prosperity to lift people out of poverty for good…” (3/29).