Blake Mycoskie, owner and founder of TOMS shoes, had a dream in 2006 when visiting Argentina and it was to provide shoes to children in need (TOMS, 2016). Since 2006 they have given 60 million pairs of shoes to children, eyewear to 400,000 since 2011, their coffee company have provided 335,000 weeks of safe water since their launching in 2014, and they have helped 25,000 mothers have safe births since the beginning of this year (TOMS, 2016). This is no small feat for a company.
TOMS has a successful business culture because they recognize a cause and do everything within their power to work with those in need to better their lives. TOMS’ core values were rated within the top 100 at YFS Magazine. Their core values are:
- Give Sustainably. Give Responsibly.
- Giving Partnerships
- Identify Communities That Need Shoes
- Give Shoes That Fit
- Help Our Shoes Have a Bigger Impact
- Give Children Shoes As They Grow
- Welcome Feedback and Help Us Improve (Staff, 2016).
TOMS works with other countries and cultures every day. They have employees and teams that help find causes and people in need. This brings into light that of globalism and multiculturalism because these members have to be open to learning and understanding what is important in other cultures. What is valued here in the United States, does not mean that’s what others value. Globalism “is the connection of countries from around the world in many different domains such as economics, government, culture, and any other human idea or product” (Global Policy Forum, 2015). The key goal here is to exchange ideas from one region of the world to another and to incorporate social movements that eliminate dilemmas and crises such as no dirty drinking water, giving mothers safety during birth, and not allowing children to go without shoes. Globalism leads to multiculturalism by making people from different cultures and countries feel connected and with the internet, contact and awareness is available like never before (Penn State, n.d.).
TOMS is an excellent example of a multicultural company that tries to rid the world of a few of it’s dilemmas and crises. They have a strong set of core values and open mindsets to accept other cultures and beliefs, so that they can overcome these issues and help people in need. This is the core of multiculturalism; working together to create solutions to help people in need and the countries to progress (Penn State, n.d.). They ensure that their standards are met even after they have incorporated changes, they take care of their employees by offering a wide range of benefits, and they strive to never stop growing, incorporating new ideas, and working with other countries to help find solutions to some of their dilemmas.
Global Policy Forum. (2015). Globalization. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from https://www.globalpolicy.org/globalization.html
Penn State University. (n.d.). Lesson 12: Globalism/multicultural issues. Lecture at Pennsylvania State University, PSY: 533 Ethics and Leadership in World Campus Fall Semester 2016
Staff Contributors. (2013, February 01). Company culture: An inside look at 100 core values from 15 winning companies. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://yfsmagazine.com/2013/02/01/company-culture-an-inside-look-at-100-core-values-from-15-winning-companies/
TOMS. (2016). TOMS Corporate Responsibility. Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://www.toms.com/corporate-responsibility/