I found this little tidbit from Apples annual shareholder meeting quite interesting.
It would seem that a conservative think tank, NCPPR (National Center for Public Policy Research had a heated run in with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
You may know NCPPR because it’s president is Amy Ridenour, who you may know from her syndicated op-ed piece, and frequent radio and tv appearances. And some of her infamous pro-Tobacco and anti environment positions.
Also because of discraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff – who was on their board of directors and who with the help of Amy Ridenour famously illegally laundered $1 million from a native american tribe into the hands of lobbyists.
Anyway- at the Apple metting NCPPR demanded a “Profits First” position for the company. Demanding that Apple reveal the costs of it’s substantial green energy programs and presumably the costs of other iniatives such as being committed to using only rare earth minerals from conflict free regions. And demanding that Apple institute a corporate policy to do nothing not explicitly driven by profit.
CEO Tim Cook did not take kindly to this saying:
“When we work on making our devices accessible by the blind,” he said, “I don’t consider the bloody ROI.” He said that the same thing about environmental issues, worker safety, and other areas where Apple is a leader.”
And he eventually told them “if you want me to do things only for ROI reasons, you should get out of this stock.”
The NCPPR responded by posting a letter on their site condemning apple for spending money to combat climate change.
This is very telling to me. Conservatives- and let’s be blunt- ones who have nothing to do with making anything. People just using money to make money while contributing nothing to the world, demanding that the only point of a corporation is to make maximum profits- no matter the cost to others. And let’s be clear- these are the same people who insist on corporate personhood- so by extension it is fair to argue that on all levels they believe ones only responsibility is to ones own self interest.