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Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil

There is an invisible army of people deep inside the world's biggest and best-known companies, pushing for safer and more responsible practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana Plaza factory collapse, the next Deepwater Horizon explosion, the next Foxconn labor abuses. Obviously, they don't always succeed. Christine Bader was one of those people. She loved BP and then-CEO John Browne's lofty rhetoric on climate change and human rights -- until a string of fatal BP accidents, Browne's abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward's tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Bader's story of working deep inside the belly of the beast is unique in its details, but not in its themes: of feeling like an outsider both inside the company (accused of being a closet activist) and out (assumed to be a corporate shill); of getting mixed messages from senior management; of being frustrated with corporate life but committed to pushing for change from within. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader's experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business. Using her story as its skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other "Corporate Idealists" working inside some of the world's biggest and best-known companies.

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  • Jessie H.

    The company and the book discussion was as great as always.The Soho Hotel brunch was delicious but getting a bit pricey now .Although the author might have evolved into a corporate idealist,she has not evolved to either a great author nor a good storyteller.What could have been a fascinating subject became long ,dull and superficial.To list all the famous people one got to know baffles minds but does not make the reader any wiser.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Sapna

    lovely morning and great company - thanks for organising. See you girls again soon x

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Ione W.

    I'm running a bit late, about 15 minutes. See you soon.

    June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    i cant come tomorrow since i still have not gotten the book- i shall have to join the next meeting!

    June 7, 2014

  • Ellie_O

    Hello ladies, I'm so excited that it is going to be so many of us on the day. As some of you already know, 'corporate idealism' is something close to my heart, so I'm really looking forward to meeting you and discussing the book. I'll shortly confirm the venue!

    Best,

    Ellie

    April 27, 2014

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