Google's Counter-Monetary Motivation

Arguably the most important of the economic agents are the businesses themselves. Businesses create products or services and pay employees, so they are the keystone of any economy’s flow of money (besides the government in some cases). However, businesses still claim a myriad of other motivations besides profits as the basis for their company’s work. The first counter-monetary motivation that could be provided is that a company has the pure objective of positively impacting and improving society as a whole. This was observed when the tech industry experienced some major advancements in the mid-1970s. A man named Steve Jobs introduced his vision of a “computer for the rest of us” with his friend and colleague, Steve Wozniak. Jobs’ is quoted …show more content…
Google describes their start in 1998 as a mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful” (Google). Once again, a tech company with their sights set on re-engineering the world as we know it and permanently changing the digital landscape. Similar to Apple, there is no mention as to the tremendous amount of money that would be made in the process of achieving their lofty goals. Larry Page and Sergey Brin quickly found investors and became a corporation rather than a small garage start-up. Google also states on their company information page that “Today, with more than 60,000 employees in 50 different countries, Google makes hundreds of products used by billions of people across the globe, from YouTube and Android to Smartbox and, of course, Google Search” (Google). Those hundreds of products provide the revenue that allows Google to advance and make the world a better place. Without the monetary gains, the company would not be able to achieve its level of corporate social responsibility. Impressive employee benefits can be observed in every corner of the marvelous Google campus and are possible because of the amount of money that Google is able to reinvest in the company. Allison Gauss, a writer for Classy.org lists Google at the top of her list of “6 Socially …show more content…
Their proposed mission statement says that “The Boy Scouts of America believes — and, through over a century of experience, knows — that helping youth is a key to building a more conscientious, responsible, and productive society” (Boy Scouts of America). The brief, formal definition of nonprofit states that there are no investors in a nonprofit company. However, on the home page for the websites of nonprofits such as the Boy Scouts of America, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the American Red Cross, there are direct and obvious links asking to “Donate” or “Give Now.” Any individual can invest in these organizations, but due to the nonprofit status of the organization, they will not receive any monetary gain for their investment. These companies refrain from calling them investments but prefer to call them charitable gifts or donations, which are withheld and utilized

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