Commercial confidentiality

Like other chaplains, workplace chaplains are used to dealing with all sorts of ethical dilemmas. We’re also used to keeping confidences, both personal and commercial, and to being with people who’re experiencing both good and bad economic news.

All these aspects came together for me recently when a major supermarket chain announced that it was to build a new food processing plant in the area bringing so many new jobs.
Everyone seemed excited – with good reason you might think.
I too wanted to join in the excitement – it is good news for the area’s economy.
However, I was also conscious of the firms in the area who have existing contracts to process food for this chain – would those contracts and hence jobs be lost?
If so, would there even be a net gain in jobs after all?
It was hard to give a balanced reaction without giving away confidential commercial information.

Mary Vickers
Industrial chaplain