But making sure that everyone is on the same page is difficult, and it isn’t really practical. In business, religion can also be a dynamizing factor. Our Partners, Alexander Brenner and Ashok Kaul, hosting a webinar together with industry experts from Carlisle and Syncron. By definition, many people feel excluded if an organization is heavily Christian and they are not involved in that world. Hiring someone based on religion, or making religion the dominant factor in a private business, is a roadblock to talent acquisition and can open you up to being sued. In global business, religion is a key factor in how global teams work together, schedule meetings and more. If you want to get the most out of your company, a secular office is the way to go. There are a lot of entrepreneurs who identify themselves with a religion – from the Catholic Brenninkmejier family running the C&A retail chain to Islamic banking or real estate agents with links to Scientology. hbspt.forms.create({ portalId: "2936738", formId: "a5c16e2d-eeee-41ce-9501-6b30f969198f", css: "" }); Subscribe to our Think:Act Magazine newsletter, Selected material is available in a range of languages, Olaf Hajek; Unfortunately, religion has a polarizing effect on people. The Muslim expansion all around the Mediterranean from the 7th to 9th century AD was mainly driven by religious zeal, just like the crusades of the Middle Ages or the conquests of South America in the 16th century: The Holy Cross of Santiago promised victory (not to mention gold) to the Spanish adventurers. And they will purposely go out of their way to avoid companies that include it in their business. Economists Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein are convinced that this had a major influence on Jewish economic and demographic history in the first millennium: "The Jewish farmers who invested in education gained the comparative advantage and incentive to enter skilled occupations during the urbanization in the Abbasid empire in the Near East and they did select themselves into these occupations." You may have thought that a limited liability company is a smart move and you want to bring your personal faith into the product. I believe that religion and spirituality is intensely personal and should be kept out of the workplace and marketing. In the case of many companies, it’s simply easier to restrict all talk of politics and religion. You may think that you would never exclude anyone from working for your business because they don’t believe the same things do you. How can a successful company embrace purpose? In regions where Christianity is dominant, commerce is largely tied to the intensity of the observance. Your comment may not appear immediately. There are many who believe that it’s essential to mix religion and business because they want to express their faith. Dirk Bruniecki; It’s no coincidence that all the major brands think the same way. Join over 100,000 of your peers and receive our weekly newsletter which features the top trends, news and expert analysis to help keep you ahead of the curve. This increase in diversity will definitely happen when a company starts to grow beyond the cultural sphere of its origin – and then it's too late to take religion, faith and/or mythology out of a company's DNA. … View full profile ›. One of the hottest debates regarding the significance of religion for economic development was started in 1904 by Max Weber. There are wellknown episodes showing a strong combination of religion and success – namely military. And they will purposely go out of their way to avoid companies … So even if religion can be a driver of growth for smaller companies, it will be more like a limit of growth for bigger ones. Finally, with the exception of Buddhists, religious people of all denominations are more inclined to believe that poor people are lazy and lack willpower.