Do They Know It’s Christmas?

B. Lorraine Smith
5 min readJan 6, 2017
Women walking across grazing land in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains (photo: Lorraine Smith / 2015)

Remember Band Aid’s 1984 hit single, Do They Know It’s Christmas? You might have heard it playing recently, as this fundraising jingle still gets a lot airtime alongside Elvis’ Blue Christmas and Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. And then there’s John and Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War is Over)

But back to Band Aid’s song: There are a couple problems with it that are as relevant today as ever. First of…

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B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/