Board Dinner Meets Taco Night; Hungry Kids Benefit
Categories: Making Our Difference: TBL CSR, Rantings of Responsible Bootmakers
Part of the regular governance of a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange is … board meetings.
Part of the regular cycle of board meetings is … board dinners, usually the night before.
$2 tacos are a Tuesday night phenomenon in the South End at Andy’s place — but because of the Hell’s Kitchen show, Tuesday tacos moved to Wednesday night. Even though I can’t eat it (the kosher kid brings his own delicacies…), I figured the Board would enjoy some local cool cuisine. So, they started with tacos.
Quickly enough, we ended up with the regular menu. The Board is cool, but the cuisine was … hot … and so, back to the menu.
But not for the cuisine, not for the celebrity shoulder rubbing — not for those reasons did I take the Board to Tremont 647.
No, when Timberland’s shareholders pay for the Board’s dinner, they insist that we not just feed our desire for a good mea l– they insist that we use their funds to high purpose, the purpose of commerce and justice. So, when we schedule a business dinner, we host them in a restaurant affiliated with Share Our Strength (SOS) – a national nonprofit organization focused on ending childhood hunger in America.
Share Our Strength restaurants support the effort by donating a portion of their profits to SOS, or participating in one of the organization’s fund-and awareness-raising events … Andy and his team at Tremont 647 do both. Andy has been actively engaged with SOS for years, and his restaurant has hosted SOS’s Boston Operation Frontline program for more than a decade — providing space and support for more than 5,000 people to receive nutrition education, food budgeting strategies and cooking skills. In the real world, that kind of teaching is infinitely more valuable than anything Gordon Ramsay could dish out. Hell’s Kitchen is a clever TV concept, but a high-brow restaurant delighting its clientele and serving to end childhood hunger — this is, Heaven trumps Hell. Period.
The intersection of commerce and justice lives at Tremont 647. With equal attention and passion, Andy serves Tibetan Momo Dumplings and serves the needs of children at risk for hunger … and from the comfort of our table, we fill our heads with business talk while helping to fill the bellies of kids who don’t have enough food. The work of changing the world doesn’t always feel like work; in the right company, in the right atmosphere, it can be downright delicious.
President & CEO, Timberland