Many businesses consistently place economics ahead of human well-being. Pope Francis reminds us why we sometimes should do the opposite.

The juxtaposition seemed striking: on the one hand, Pope Francis in the U.S. with his message of taking care of the poor and the forgotten—a Pope who had published an encyclical speaking to the challenges of inequality and reminding us that “human beings too are creatures of this world”—and on that same day, an article describing the inconsistent way in which Starbucks was implementing its proposed policy to give its hourly store workers more notice about their ever-shifting schedules and total hours of work.

To be clear, Starbucks is a company that offers benefits to part-timers and provides tuition assistance to its employees, and it is often accurately held up as one of the more people-centric corporations in retail. But even in the midst of this economy recovery, we are treated to almost daily articles on more layoff announcements and wage stagnation that has left many lower-paid employees struggling to make ends meet even if they work full-time.

Although many companies display almost-obligatory boilerplate language thanking their workers in their annual reports, and numerous organizations proclaim a version of “people are our most important asset,” few businesses consistently put these noble sentiments into practice and manage based on their espoused corporate values. Maybe more should.

Here’s the issue: “economic realities” frequently intrude on companies’ value statements and good intentions. For instance, during the recent recession, Starbucks, although still profitable (albeit at a reduced rate), laid off about 6,000 people in an effort to maintain its margins and profits. Starbucks senior executive and board member Howard Behar resigned his position on the board of directors because he thought the interests of employees should have higher priority in the company’s decision making. And although CEO Howard Schultz said at the time that there would be no more layoffs at Starbucks, in 2015 the company was laying off an undisclosed number of employees at its Seattle headquarters.