GREEN IS IN THE EYES OF BEHOLDER - A CASE OF SC JOHNSON GREENWASHING IN US
In 2001 SC Johnson launched The Greenlist™ program. The GreenlistTM is company program to evaluate and assess the ingredients of SC Johnson product. The program has goal to continually improve products by choosing ingredients that better protect human health and the environment. However, SC Johnson using its own assessment process to claim the safety of the product and the social and environment protection and put their patented logo based on their own company assessment. For that SC Johson faces several law suits which some have been settled out of court. The questions are Is Company owned assessment a fair method to make any safety and environment claim?; From ethical point of view, is such practice acceptable from the view of accountability, tranparancy and fairness?; Is SC Johnson doing Greenwashing marketing?
Dr. drh. Diena Dwidienawati Tjiptadi, MM
SHABU HACHI GROUP: MANAGING IN TURBULENT TIMES
Indonesia was facing both a pandemic and an economic crisis. Saving human lives during the coronavirus outbreak was a priority, and the treatment of the nation’s economy — amid spiraling unemployment rates — would have ramifications for the country’s future. In April 2020, the coronavirus epidemic had already spread nationwide and on April 9, 2020, the governor of Jakarta announced that large scale social restrictions (PSBB) were to be held in the capital. These restrictions were later extended until 22 May 2020. These large-scale social restrictions had a massive impact on the F&B industry. No dine-in customers were allowed as citizens were told to stay at home. More than 6800 restaurants were forced to close down and over 200,000 employees in this industry had to be laid off amid the coronavirus.
The Hachi Group, a restaurant chain worried that their restaurants would become a potential source of infection. Closing outlets would mean stopping sales and producing no income without knowing when this pandemic would end, therefore while risking the future of the company. On the other hand, remaining open would produce sales but at the risk of the safety of their workers and their customers. Any decision would greatly affect the company.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2016) indicates that asset misappropriation is the most common form of occupational fraud. There are six other types of frauds such as collusion, commissions, fictitious sales, rebates, refunds, and write-offs. Asset misappropriation includes examples relating to theft of cash, misuse of inventory, and fraudulent reimbursement.
The most interesting part of this case was a financial innovation product called JS Saving Plan. It was a ‘bancassurance’ insurance product, with protection for five years, but with a one-year investment period. The product was distributed through eight Indonesian banks: Bank Rakyat Indonesia, Bank Tabungan Negara, KEB Hana Bank Indonesia, DBS Indonesia, ANZ Indonesia, QNB Indonesia, Standard Chartered and Bank Victoria International. JS Saving Plan was sold with the minimum amount of IDR 100 million (USD 6890, with an exchange rate of 1USD = Rp 15,000)
The scheme claim the investor would be paid on a yearly basis unless the customer requested an extension of the policy or rolled it over. After the claim was paid, the personal accident protection period would continue until the fifth year.
The company tried everything to survive, but it could not weather the economic conditions and turned around the direction of the stock price as an underlying foundation for its portfolio.