People, Principles and Profits - links and further reading

The article by Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), was published in The Times of 06-06-11 (p. 20).

For an interview with Andrew Witty published in The Sunday Times on 26-07-09, click here.

The World Health Organization operates an Initiative for Vaccine Research (IVR), the mission of which is 'to guide, provide vision, enable, support, and facilitate the development, clinical evaluation and world-wide access to safe, effective and affordable vaccines against infectious diseases of public health importance, especially in developing countries.'

One of the companies absorbed into GSK is Allen & Hanburys, which had strong Quaker roots going back to its foundation as Plough Court Pharmacy in 1715. For a history of A&H, see Through a City Archway: The Story of Allen & Hanburys, by Desmond Chapman-Huston and Ernest Cripps (London: John Murray, 1954). The company was incorporated into Glaxo Laboratories in 1958.

For two influential works on the purpose of business, see Charles Handy's article published in the Harvard Business Review (December 2002) entitled 'What is Business For?', available here; and Peter Drucker's The Concept of the Corporation (New York: John Day, 1946).

For explicitly Christian perspectives on the role and purpose of business, see the following books:

  • Rethinking the Purpose of Business: Interdisciplinary Essays from the Catholic Social Tradition, edited by S.A. Cortright and Michael Naughton (Notre Dame, IN: Notre Dame Press, 2002).
  • The Church on Capitalism: Theology and the Market, by Eve Poole (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).
  • Transforming Capitalism: Entrepreneurship and the Renewal of Thrift, by Peter Heslam (Cambridge: Grove, 2010).
  • Why Business Matters to God, by Jeff Van Duzer (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010).
  • Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace, by Kenman Wong & Scott Rae (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2011).