It seems to me if corporations were a little less concerned about ever-increasing profits, consumer goods (both necessary and luxury) might be cheaper.
A publicly-traded corporation, by definition, owes its allegiance to its shareholders. Shareholders want a return on investment. Whoever said earlier that corporations would be defined, psychologically, as "psychotic" was right -- they're designed to have one single-minded function -- increase return on shareholder investment.
Tedster, could you give us some examples of the types of issues or activities you're thinking about?