The president of the Social Union of Christian Entrepreneurs (Usec), Francisco Jiménez, referred to the harsh questions they receive from the highest ecclesiastical authority as a result of bad practices by companies.
The Social Union of Christian Entrepreneurs (Usec) referred to the current economic situation in the country and how businessmen and the Church converge for the development of the territory.
Usec is a non-profit corporation, Founded in 1948 inspired by Saint Alberto Hurtado, made up of men and women who put the dignity of people and the common good of society at the center of their decisions. Thus, they promote fully human, highly productive and socially responsible companies.
The president of the group, Francisco Jiménez (61 years old, civil engineer, married, six children), in an interview with La Segunda, maintained that “Pope Francisco finds that we do it badly” ;.
“We were with him in Rome two weeks ago and he speaks hard to us. He knows that we are the businessmen closest to him. He has a large majority of businessmen far from him, but those of us who are close, he pulls our ears and kicks us hard (…) And he is absolutely right. We could do much better,” said the businessman.
“Acts such as collusion have a very negative effect”
Questioned for the existence of acts of contrition in the business and if these are enough, Jiménez argued that “the conversion has to take place first on a very personal level. Every person involved in an act is responsible before God. Now, Companies have to make much greater efforts to ensure that they will never engage in bad practices that affect trust, the public good or the common good”.
“We must not lose sight of the fact that acts such as collusion have a very negative effect, because at the end of the day people's reading is 'they are abusing me for their own benefit'. In fact, from Usec we strongly promote that the generation of the common good is an important purpose in our associated companies. In addition, we have a role to play to help rebuild the social fabric,” added the leader of the business union.
Social role of companies
Francisco Jiménez highlighted that in the country Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is outdated. “And it touches me personally because I participated in the board of “Acción RSE” and we brought the concept to Chile when I was not there. We put the topic on the table and there were several who came up in good faith. Then it became so popular that it became a kind of marketing tool and CSR was taken as an element of image laundering and consumer-focused marketing,” he explained.
“For the same reason, we consider that today CSR is superseded and that companies have a ‘Civic Responsibility’ or ‘Public’, which can be woven into each of the interactions of business, every time the company is related to its collaborator, from salary to their families; with suppliers, clients, authorities or the payment of taxes”, he added.
Good evaluation of the management of Minister Marcel, but with “own goals”
Regarding the role of the finance minister, Mario Marcel, Jiménez assured that “he has done very well,” considering that the conditions were not easy after a pandemic that affected the world economy.
“Although I do see own goals with deep reforms for times that are not appropriate. In this sense, the great challenge is next year, because by the end of 2023 we will have 3% more poor people living in camps”, he specified.
In this vein, the Usec president added that “with respect to the political, we are locked in this self-imposed problem of the new Constitution. You have to do it and finish it. It is a mistake to leave it stand by. You have to move forward, understand that serious mistakes were made on the first try and not repeat them now. For this reason, we should not rush too much to find a solution, but rather have a certain sense of urgency because at some point the issue will rebound.”
Finally, regarding security, he asserted that It is on the same level as the concern for poverty, “because we are facing a serious problem and it is the State that is in charge of ensuring public order and not private ones. Now, good lights are seen. Undersecretary Monsalve is doing well and Minister Tohá is better than former Minister Siches”, he closed.