The world of business tends to prioritize concepts of profit maximization, economies of scale, and the importance of shareholder value. As the industry has developed over centuries, these concepts have become deeply embedded in global financial systems. But some businesses in certain parts of the world operate based on respect for all living beings, not just humans – particularly in countries that adhere to dharmic religions such as Jainism and Hinduism (primarily across the Indian subcontinent, southeast and central Asia). Learning about such ways of working could help the global business world to become more sustainable and address the climate crisis.