my employer, the Conference Board of Canada, regularly produces and disseminates research about governance and corporate social responsibility, topics I find myself more and more interested in. It takes cojones and a strong moral/ethical compass to uphold high standards in decision-making and action-taking; that’s why it’s so hard, and why the Enrons and Worldcoms (and Norbourgs) of the world seem to keep appearing in the news these days. That goes for political governance too—Canada’s federal government is still reeling from the effects of the sponsorship scandal, a multi-million-dollar affair which destroyed public trust in government.
Correlating, one of my favourite Baha’i blogs, recently tied in the ideas of trust and governance into the Universal House of Justice’s recent letter on Baha’i elections, which urges Baha’is the world over to spend some time deepening their understanding of the Baha’i electoral process. Baha’i elections are part of a unique form of governance that excludes all forms of partisanship or electioneering, and elevates the duty of each voter to a sacred act which must be fulfilled with the utmost care, research, and prayerfulness. From the Universal House of Justice’s letter: “One of the signs of the breakdown of society in all parts of the world is the erosion of trust and collaboration between the individual and the institutions of governance”—which illustrates the importance of each of us learning more about how to uphold high standards during Baha’i elections and decision-making.