Early Summer 2013, Courtney invited Bill Lawrence to fly out for a visit with her. Bill carefully thought about it yet thanked her gratefully and said, No, I have to stay and take care of your Mama. She needs me.
I know that Bill & I were given
an additional and precious four years together, partly because Bill's
will to live and to take care of me was strong. Lately, he did request
that I handle certain legal situations, but I felt that we had more important
things to take care of, like each other and our health, the business and
all our friends and supporters who often are our customers too. I told
him, on many occasions, please don't be concerned. There are a certain
criterion established in his behalf.
Because Bill Lawrence stood
for human rights, he would demand that any association with his name to
be ethical, especially in relation to the treatment of labor, giving workers
fair and livable wages. Bill also brought to the table his enormous wealth
of knowledge, in all areas of his work, so that even a struggling musician
could obtain a Bill Lawrence high quality product at an affordable price.
I've studied a popular Georgia
company that when the family expanded their operation, an old fashion,
six day week schedule stayed in effect. Their philanthropy platform, not
only for their workers but for the community too, maintained as well.
These demands have not hurt their bottom line either.
Bill Lawrence, I will do my
best to carry on your exacting standards and protect your worldwide legacy,
according to your wishes.
Please take a few
minutes to listen. He's devoted 30 years of his life to this cause.via
He Has To Say About Your Favorite Products And Brands Should Do More Than
Worry. You've heard all about human rights and labor rights and child
labor. But now it's 2013, so we've dealt with all that, right? Nope. At
3:50, he offers to show you a Chinese sweatshop down the street from Madison
Square Garden. At 6:35, he says the problem is bigger than any one country
can solve. By 10:30, he gets down to the one institution he believes can
make a difference if they use their power for good. I don't know that
he has the best answer, but I do know that more ears need to hear about
the problem. by Rajiv Narayan"