Bubblr has been an ethical technology company from the get-go. To show what that means to us, we have created an ethical tech manifesto. We want other people to join us and contribute to this manifesto so please send us your feedback!
Competitiveness, aspiration and entrepreneurial spirit are fundamental parts of the human condition. But so is fairness and a sense of community. We reject the Ayn Randian notion of a single great individual will change the world for the better. Human beings operate most effectively and efficiently in teams, with flat management structures, common goals and common responsibilities for a common enterprise. That is why an ethical tech entity must be agile to the core.
All companies need to have sustainability at the core of their business practices. Circular manufacturing, and the circular economy are the future. Exploitative business practices involving people or the planet are to be completely eschewed. Continually look to reduce energy and waste costs.
Reject tax avoidance practices commonly pursued by all the existing internet giants. Tax needs to be paid in the territories you operate in. Governments need money for infrastructure, security, education, welfare and healthcare. We should all pay our share. Just because you can afford the tax lawyers to avoid tax does not mean you should. Behave responsibly and pay your taxes
In the technology world, things only accelerate, things never stand still. To be an effective employee in an ethical technology business, you need to be constantly learning new skills. So an ethical tech enterprise needs to provide training to all its employees and this should be part of the employees responsibilities to learn new skills. Personally, I (Steve Morris) believe everyone should be made to learn Python. If six year olds can learn then why not HR managers.