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Tom’s: Wicked Fresh

September 22, 2010

Tom’s of Maine is one of the few companies established in the United States that I have found to be a ‘good business’ whose primary purpose is functioning ‘beyond the bottom line.’ Tom’s business is practiced through ethical and responsible beliefs by both employees and consumers. The importance of producing sustainable, eco-friendly, and healthy products for its consumers and the environment reveals how Tom’s is striving to focus on what really matters.
For a company to receive publicity and promotion based on their motivation and business practice seems almost too good to be true, and this usually makes me question this intent; however Tom’s of Maine is founded on good business, good science, giving back, and feedback from its consumers.

To serve our customers’ health needs with imaginative science from plants and minerals;
To inspire all those we serve with a mission of responsibility and goodness;
To empower others by sharing our knowledge, time, talents, and profits; and
To help create a better world by exchanging our faith, experience, and hope.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Trace Williams permalink
    September 27, 2010 2:04 pm

    If you truly believe that Tom’s of Maine is “one of the few companies established in the United States that I have found to be a ‘good business’ whose primary purpose is functioning ‘beyond the bottom line’,” then you truly need to look around. Companies like Georgia Pacific, Huntsman Chemical and many other highly responsible corporate citizens are working diligently to develop technologies to reduce impact on the environment and achieve social equilibrium. After all just think for a moment. Do you own a car? If you do, could you possibly take the bus or other public transportation instead of getting in that car every time you need to go somewhere? Do you use paper towels and toilet paper? If you do, could you possibly use cotton towels and a bidet instead of needlessly wasting paper resources? Do you use your a/c unit at home, have lights on during the day, leave your computer on continuously, use a hot water heater, cook on an electric stove, use a microwave? If you do, could you possibly not use your a/c, open your windows, install fans, turn off all lights during the day and open the blinds, turn your computer off when not in use, eliminate your hot water heater, cook with natural gas, and not use a microwave?

    You see the point here is, the companies that you apparently perceive as being greedy profit mongers with the ‘to hell with society’ attitude are truly highly respectable and responsible corporations that are simply providing the products and services that you demand. You can’t have your cake and eat it too when it comes to corporate responsibility. The consumers demand the products that businesses provide and some jump up on their hypocritical soap box and chastise good, honest and responsible corporations for being bad social partners, all the while they are greedily consuming the products that these actually good and socially responsible corporate partners are producing!

  2. September 30, 2010 3:43 am

    Like I said before, Tom’s of Maine is ONE of the companies that I have found to practice Good Business. (Webster-Meriam) A system in which there is a dynamic working balance among its interdependent parts, may be true for these companies (Georgia Pacific and Huntsman Chemical); however, the truth behind their effort “to reduce impact on the environment and achieve social equilibrium” is seemingly impetuous.

    You asked, “Do you use paper towels and toilet paper? If you do, could you possibly use cotton towels and a bidet instead of needlessly wasting paper resources?”

    Ironically, Georgia Pacific is well known for its paper products as well as its reduce, reuse and recycle strategies. “Georgia-Pacific uses SOME percentage of recovered paper in most of its paper and paperboard products including tissue and towels, office paper, container- board and corrugated boxes.” http://www.gppro.com/sustainability.aspx

    As a business woman: The ‘SOME percentage’ of companies that use intricate statistics similar to GP, forces me to question how/if this is communicating as a “highly responsible corporate citizen.”

    I have also provided more information on these topics:
    Georgia Pacific
    * Georgia-Pacific is responsible for roughly 22.5% of the total PCBs dumped into the Fox River and Green Bay, primarily from PCB-contaminated wastepaper recycling operations of the former Fort Howard Corporation mill (now called the “Green Bay West Mill”). (See Sources)

    * Clean Water Action Council is currently in federal court challenging the 2002 final PCB damage settlement between Georgia-Pacific and the federal/state/tribal governments. (See details.)http://www.foxriverwatch.com/georgia-pacific.html

    Huntsman Chemical
    “Without so much as a phone call, McDonald’s cancelled about ten percent of Huntsman’s business. Shortly afterward, the Sara Lee Corporation stopped using Huntsman polystyrene for its L’eggs containers. The changes were prompted by the Environmental Defense Fund, which portrayed polystyrene manufacturers as environmental monsters. In fact, the substitute packaging the Fund endorsed was allegedly more harmful than polystyrene.”

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