In the last few months we have seen just how important integrity and a moral code for companies is. Some companies went to incredible lengths to support their employees; while some didn’t.
Rob Chesnut, an advisor to Airbnb and a former chief ethics officer at the heralded startup, says there is “value in having values.” He is on a mission to showcase companies’ hidden power—integrity.
“Most companies think they have integrity, until they get exposed by data, skewered by the press, boycotted by customers, dropped by investors, and protested by their own employees,” explains Chesnut. “They’ll punish and apologize for transgressions but throw up their hands about how to prevent them—even though they can cost a company everything.”
In his C-suite role at Airbnb, Chesnut had a front row seat in decision making at the highest level. We have all read stories in the press about Airbnb rentals that had gone awry for one reason or another; which cast a negative light on the company. How the company responded was not just up to the corporate communications department—Chesnut’s leadership was behind the decisions.
“You can’t outsource integrity. We need business leaders to step up, so I wrote Intentional Integrity to show them how to develop a home-grown, authentic approach that builds brand recognition, strengthens relationships with stakeholders, and ultimately helps their bottom line.”
Chesnut will join the Club for a conversation about his book (St. Martin’s Press, July 2020), and share behind the scenes information about the goings-on in Silicon Valley.
Join us for this program, moderated by Business Insider reporter Shana Lebowitz.
Participants must RSVP by July 22nd to receive details on joining the discussion.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Author, Former Chief Ethics Officer, Airbnb
Robert Chesnut is an advisor and former General Counsel of Airbnb, Inc. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of Virginia, he worked for fourteen years with the U.S. Justice Department as a prosecutor. He joined eBay in 1999 as its third lawyer and founded its Trust and Safety team. He joined Airbnb in 2016, overseeing a team of 125 legal professionals around the world, developing a popular employee program―Integrity Belongs Here―to help drive compliance throughout the company’s culture.
Correspondent at Business Insider
Shana is a correspondent for Business Insider, where she covers career development and workplace culture.
Right now she’s spearheading the HR Insider series, which features insights and advice from senior executives and career experts. She’s also collaborated on a series of guides to help first-time founders tackle the trickiest areas of building a company, from pitching a VC to granting equity.
Shana studied English and psychology at Brandeis University and received her master’s degree in English literature from Columbia University.
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