How Businesses and the Government Can Work Together
Throughout human history, the relationship between government institutions and private companies has changed. Oftentimes it would seem as though they are bitter enemies while on others, collaboration comes naturally, and one works for the benefit of the other and vice-versa.
Almost a quarter into the 21st century, we find ourselves at a time perhaps more important than any other, a time defined by global health issues, social and political instability, and economic stagnation. As a result, governments and businesses must put their differences aside and work together to create a better place for all of us.
As we keep that in mind, let us explore four different areas in which leaders can collaborate with enterprises for the betterment of society.
City Development and Infrastructure
One of the biggest factors to differentiate modern cities from less developed ones is the quality and availability of services and infrastructure. While some cities are easy to move around in, safe, clean, and convenient, their less fortunate counterparts are clear examples of overpopulated metropolises flooded with public and private vehicles, pedestrians, and even street animals.
As such, both governments and private institutions should work hand in hand to make these places more livable for the millions of citizens who call them their homes. For instance, businesses providing thermoplastic marking primers can work hand in hand with government civil engineers for the development, construction, and improvement of existing roads. Another example is leading tech companies lending their know-how and expertise to state institutions to create smart systems for traffic control and the prevention of peak-hour bottlenecks and extreme levels of congestion.
Public Health and Well-Being
The covid-19 global pandemic has taught us many things; chief among them is the importance of public health and citizen well-being. As we have seen over the past year and a half, one person who is physically compromised can affect millions very quickly. Worst of all, this can turn very fast into a domino effect that acts on all layers of society, including politics, the economy, and social welfare.
Luckily, people have come together during this never-before-seen crisis. Pharmaceutical companies are working double-time to provide a safe, mass-produced vaccine that will hopefully soon lead to things getting back to normal.
While in the past, developing a vaccine would take years of research, testing, and clinical trials, covid-19 has shortened this process ten-fold. Yet, as with most things, the government needs to collaborate with pharmaceutical companies to navigate existing circumstances and provide an effective deployment of the vaccine that reaches all citizens, not just a privileged few.
Having a good education is synonymous with being successful in life. The more skills you possess, the better chances you will have of landing a high-paying job that will allow you to have not only the life you want but also one beneficial to your children, their children, and all other future generations. It is no secret that the most developed nations on our mother earth are countries with very high literacy indices and basic knowledge of mathematics, science, and recently information technology.
Having a doctorate from Harvard University is a luxury few people can experience. But finishing elementary, middle school, and high school shouldn’t be the same. Rather, it should be a basic, fundamental right all children can enjoy regardless of background, social status, or gender.
The government’s responsibility is to make sure this happens, working together with private schools and other educational institutions.
Sustainability and Paying it Forward
The world your great grandparents lived in is not the same one as you or I now populate. Among the many reasons for this is the systematic destruction of our natural environment over the past one hundred years. There has been more damage in this time than the millions upon millions of years before it.
Everybody knows that protecting the various ecosystems found on our planet is and should continue to be one of our top priorities. From a government perspective, it entails national leaders putting in place pollution limitation policies and making sure enterprises abide by them. As for private organizations, it means understanding that even though the bottom line is important, so is ensuring a livable environment for our offspring.
Sustainability also includes firms collaborating with local governments and mayor offices in recycling and other initiatives.
Four examples of government collaboration with private businesses are in the areas of city development and infrastructure, public health and well-being for citizens, having access to even the most basic of education, and taking care of the environment before the situation becomes unmanageable.
By engaging in them, we as citizens will be guaranteed not only a suitable life but also a prosperous one.