Green for Profit or Green for the Environment?

Google is a retail brand I believe is socially and ethically responsible in several different ways. From the way they give back to their employees to providing grants to various dedicated social impact initiatives, to achieving their 100% renewable energy target a couple of years ago. Overall, there are many things other large corporations can learn from Google in the ways of implementing corporate social responsibility.

Has the company ever been involved in any incidents in which they were accused of not conducting business in an ethical or socially responsible manner? If so, briefly discuss the legal issues related to the incident(s).

In Aug 19, 2019, the President of the United States of America tweeted that Google had manipulated between 2.6 to 16 million votes for a competing political candidate “Hillary Clinton”, and said Google should be sued for their manipulation.
The potential legal issues and possible precedence the legal proceeding would set could have quite a few different ramifications that would affect multiple generations. The implication of this tweet and legal consequences that could follow could be devastating to freedom in business in America. It could allow our government to gain even more power then it has currently.

This isn’t all bad however; as it might give the government the possibility to hold corporations more responsible, allow the government to gain access to the tech giants inner workings, allow the government to scrutinize and give them the ability to change the way things are conducted, or even take control and seize assets from a corporate entity if evidence is found that a corporation has been misusing and abusing their platform against consumers.

The potential for this kind of power being used for the wrong reasons, however, also becomes possible; if the government ends up running things, who would be there to hold them accountable? What are your thoughts? Should the government have this much power? Should corporations be held responsible for possibly swaying election/political results in America if the allegations are proved true?

Do you feel the company is “green” for-profit or “green” for the environment?

I believe Google is both “green” for-profit and “green” for the environment. In today’s day and age, it often takes a company to do the right things to truly become “green” for-profit as the internet has made it so easy for the reputation of a company to be improved or ruined quickly. Social sharing, influencers, and the habits of individuals consuming content the way they do now have made it that much more important for companies to be serious about corporate social responsibility. These reasons plus the many other legal regulations put in place by authorities and the governments have helped create an environment where businesses truly need to serve their customers, take care of the environment, and be ethically responsible for becoming most profitable.