There is an invisible army of people deep inside the world’s
biggest and best-known companies, pushing for safer and more responsible
practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana Plaza factory collapse, the
next Deepwater Horizon explosion, the next Foxconn labor abuses. Obviously,
they don't always succeed.
Christine Bader was one of those people. She loved BP and
then-CEO John Browne’s lofty rhetoric on climate change and human rights—until
a string of fatal BP accidents, Browne’s abrupt resignation under a cloud of
scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward’s tenure as chief executive, which would
end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Bader’s story of working deep inside the belly of the beast
is unique in its details, but not in its themes: of feeling like an outsider
both inside the company (accused of being a closet activist) and out (assumed
to be a corporate shill); of getting mixed messages from senior management; of
being frustrated with corporate life but committed to pushing for change from
The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl
Meets Oil is based
on Bader’s experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent
and address human rights abuses linked to business. Using her story as its
skeleton, Bader weaves in the stories of other “Corporate Idealists” working
inside some of the world’s biggest and best-known companies. Download and start listening now!