Jeremiah Colman, founder of Colman’s Mustard, created an entire society with his company Involved with the housing, healthcare, education and retirement of his employees and their families.
Jeremiah’s funeral brought Norwich to a standstill, with shops closed out of respect, and half the 3,000 strong workforce following the hearse on foot.
William Hesketh Lever created an entire village and community in Port Sunlight and from that grew one of the world’s greatest companies.
Is it time for companies to start thinking of themselves as societies again, even if many countries now have a welfare state?
Wouldn’t that motivate employees to give of their best?
What do you want your legacy to be?