Anita Nadelson, Co-Owner & Co-Founder of one of The Container Store’s incredible vendors— Three by Three Seattle, recently participated in the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit for the first time. Here she shares the insights she gained talking with leaders of companies committed to doing business in a conscious way.
I was honored to be invited to the Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit. Meeting so many wonderful people who are working to make the world a better place through capitalism was a privilege and a life-changing experience for me.
So many of the tenets of Conscious Capitalism, and the TCS Foundation Principles, are in step with Three by Three’s principles. As Kip’s book, Uncontainable, had done previously, the Summit helped me express those ideas and philosophies more clearly. I believe once we’re able to express ourselves better, we can build upon and grow our ideas.
I’ve always been proud of Three by Three Seattle and convinced in our business philosophy that puts ethics, morality and the treatment of our employees, suppliers, and customers as top priorities. I’ve sometimes felt apologetic that I wasn’t doing more to “better” the world. The Summit put into perspective the role of global capitalism in the world. Particularly poignant was the realization that world hunger has been substantially reduced in the past 50 years largely through the work of capitalism.
My closest friend is the executive director of a non-profit organization in Seattle, and we had an interesting talk when I returned. I told her how I’ve often felt apologetic that I’m not saving the world like she is, and I was surprised to learn that she's never felt that way at all. As a non-profit, she’s very aware of the role that for-profit businesses play in the health of organizations like hers. While some contributions, like Selim Bassoul’s stoves that he distributes to refugees, are amazing and changing the world in obvious ways, even small companies like Three by Three can make a difference through our everyday actions, large and small. Whether through donating our products or money, to fund-raising events, or simply allowing our employees to have family-friendly schedules and flexibility, how we run our company sets the tone for how business is and should be conducted as the world moves forward.
I enjoyed all the speakers at the Summit, and had several thought-provoking conversations with fellow attendees. I was proud to introduce myself and Three by Three as long-term TCS partners, and I always shared that TCS “walks the talk” of all that we were discussing at the Summit. Since then, I have had several conversations with Gwen (Co-Owner and Co-Founder) about Three by Three — where we’ve been and where we’re going — that are even clearer now that we realize we fit into a bigger picture along with like-minded businesses across many industries.
Join The Container Store and Three by Three Seattle in striving to make the world a better place through capitalism. Find a local Conscious Capitalism chapter near you, or save the date for Conscious Capitalism 2017, April 18-20 in Philadelphia!