Skip to main content. When I joined Campaign Monitor as CEO, the very first thing I did was arrange a one-to-one with every employee so that I could listen to and learn from their thoughts and feedback. I asked employees three questions: Firstly, what did they love about the company? Secondly, what can we improve? And thirdly, what would they do if they were me?
Those obtaining timber concessions in tropical countries are almost uniformly politically connected or are contributors to political campaigns or to the politicians themselves. The concessionaires are frequently politicians themselves, desiring large profits. For example, in Indonesia, most of the timber concessionaires are government officials or retired military men. One can readily see that monitoring logging operations or investigating violations is almost impossible under these conditions. The timber industry generally pays relatively little for the concessions to log forests. These favors are considered by governments as an inducement to business, but in fact they are often payoffs for friends, relatives or other powerful interests.