“The fact that Cisco clearly has no qualms about doing business with the Chinese Public Security Bureau is odious. We should change the law to make it illegal for companies like Cisco to sell networking and telecommunications equipment to police agencies in countries like China where the practice of law enforcement includes things like beating up little old ladies who demonstrate peacefully for their religious rights in Tiananmen Square, routine torture of people jailed without due process, and ongoing crackdowns against political dissent of all kinds.”
Thomas Dahlgren, one of Rebecca’s readers, says in comments:
“Apalling, but unsurprising. Cisco is engaged in business that is morally odious but potentially quite lucrative. Corporations do not have a conscience and it is unrealistic to expect them to limit their behavior in the absence of legal or financial consequences.”
I remember Nestlé’s CEO, Peter Brabeck, saying in Davos a few years ago that “the only goal of a company is to increase value for its stockholders”.
Rebecca, what do you think then of Philip Morris killing millions every year ? Probably worse than Cisco selling routers to the Chinese Governement, as a company, they just do their job: increase sales and drive growth.
It is the business based model that is flawed, not Cisco. However, I have no suggestions for a better one at that time, being myself a business person…