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    Default class of our own

    What does "class of our own" in the following mean in the context?

    Corporate goals for sustainability and the strategies to accomplish them.

    Goal: Social license to operate.
    Strategy: Pollution control and compliance.

    Goal: Best in class
    Strategies: External stakeholder participation...

    Goal: Class of our own
    Strategies: Sustainability a key factor in future strategic planning,.....

    Thank you.

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    Default Re: class of our own

    It means to be unlike any other company. To be in a "class" of companies that contains only one.

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    Default Re: class of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It means to be unlike any other company. To be in a "class" of companies that contains only one.
    Thank you for the answer.

    But I didn't quite understand the part "To be in a "class" of companies that contains only one." Would you please explain this more easily?

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Thank you for the answer.

    But I didn't quite understand the part "To be in a "class" of companies that contains only one." Would you please explain this more easily?
    For example, let's say you divide film actors into groups (or classes) based on their talent.

    Group 1 - Exceptionally talented. Perfect.
    Group 2 - Extremely good but not perfect
    Group 3 - Very good.
    Group 4 - Quite good
    Group 5 - Rubbish.

    There are a lot of actors who would fit into groups 2 to 5 as there are many actors whose talent goes up to "extremely good but not perfect". Each of those groups (or classes) would contain more than one name.

    However, (and this is not my personal opinion but just an example), let's say that only Tom Cruise fits the criteria for Group 1. He is the only actor in the world who is "exceptionally talented. Perfect". His would be the only name in that group. Therefore, he could be said to be "in a class of his own". It is his alone. He does not share it with anyone.

    Fords, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos, Porsches are all great cars but Lamborghinis are in a class of their own = Lamborghinis are so much better than all the others, that they can be considered to have a group/class based on quality, to which only they belong.
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    Default Re: class of our own

    I have to say that the strategy doesn't do much to me to suggest that it's a way to put a company into a class of its own.

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    It's a very informative explanation.

    Thank you so much.

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    Default Re: class of our own

    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    What does "class of our own" in the following mean in the context?

    Corporate goals for sustainability and the strategies to accomplish them.

    Goal: Social license to operate.
    Strategy: Pollution control and compliance.

    Goal: Best in class
    Strategies: External stakeholder participation...

    Goal: Class of our own
    Strategies: Sustainability a key factor in future strategic planning,.....

    Thank you.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Hello, Unpakwon:

    (1) Soothing Dave and Emsr have already given you excellent explanations.

    (2) May I add a few words?

    (3) I think that "to be in a class of its own" is an elegant way to

    say that you cannot compare it to anything else. It is

    so special and unusual.

    (4) When I saw your thread's title, I immediately thought of an excellent

    example:

    Today in London there are about 12 daily newspapers. Many years ago,

    however, there were even more newspapers in London. But there was a

    newspaper that was in a class of its own. It was super special and super

    unusual. It could not be compared to (to liken) any other newspaper.

    It was so famous that even our President Lincoln said that only the

    Mississippi River was greater than this newspaper. The important people in

    England would read every word. Its reporters were treated with respect

    that other reporters did not receive. The government would often give it

    information before giving it to other newspapers. It was so powerful even

    as recently as the 1930's that sometimes the other newspapers would not

    say anything about controversial matters until that newspaper in its own

    class said something first. Sometimes the government itself had to read

    that newspaper to get information that it needed. And it was so special

    that leaders in other countries would carefully read that newspaper's

    opinions because those leaders thought that the newspaper's opinions

    were the opinions of the British leaders. Well, you get the point, don't

    you. Yes, it was a "newspaper" -- but a newspaper that was totally

    unlike any other newspaper. You probably know its name: The Times.

    James


    P.S. Sadly, today The Times is just another newspaper. No longer in a

    class of its own. Today it is just in the class of so-called "quality

    newspapers." That is, those newspapers that are more or less serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Hello, Unpakwon:

    (1) Soothing Dave and Emsr have already given you excellent explanations.

    (2) May I add a few words?

    (3) I think that "to be in a class of its own" is an elegant way to

    say that you cannot compare it to anything else. It is

    so special and unusual.

    (4) When I saw your thread's title, I immediately thought of an excellent

    example:

    Today in London there are about 12 daily newspapers. Many years ago,

    however, there were even more newspapers in London. But there was a

    newspaper that was in a class of its own. It was super special and super

    unusual. It could not be compared to (to liken) any other newspaper.

    It was so famous that even our President Lincoln said that only the

    Mississippi River was greater than this newspaper. The important people in

    England would read every word. Its reporters were treated with respect

    that other reporters did not receive. The government would often give it

    information before giving it to other newspapers. It was so powerful even

    as recently as the 1930's that sometimes the other newspapers would not

    say anything about controversial matters until that newspaper in its own

    class said something first. Sometimes the government itself had to read

    that newspaper to get information that it needed. And it was so special

    that leaders in other countries would carefully read that newspaper's

    opinions because those leaders thought that the newspaper's opinions

    were the opinions of the British leaders. Well, you get the point, don't

    you. Yes, it was a "newspaper" -- but a newspaper that was totally

    unlike any other newspaper. You probably know its name: The Times.

    James


    P.S. Sadly, today The Times is just another newspaper. No longer in a

    class of its own. Today it is just in the class of so-called "quality

    newspapers." That is, those newspapers that are more or less serious.
    I highly appreciate your example, moreover you enrich my knowledge since I had studied uk media.
    Regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
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    Hello, Unpakwon:

    (1) Soothing Dave and Emsr have already given you excellent explanations.

    (2) May I add a few words?

    (3) I think that "to be in a class of its own" is an elegant way to

    say that you cannot compare it to anything else. It is

    so special and unusual.

    (4) When I saw your thread's title, I immediately thought of an excellent

    example:

    Today in London there are about 12 daily newspapers. Many years ago,

    however, there were even more newspapers in London. But there was a

    newspaper that was in a class of its own. It was super special and super

    unusual. It could not be compared to (to liken) any other newspaper.

    It was so famous that even our President Lincoln said that only the

    Mississippi River was greater than this newspaper. The important people in

    England would read every word. Its reporters were treated with respect

    that other reporters did not receive. The government would often give it

    information before giving it to other newspapers. It was so powerful even

    as recently as the 1930's that sometimes the other newspapers would not

    say anything about controversial matters until that newspaper in its own

    class said something first. Sometimes the government itself had to read

    that newspaper to get information that it needed. And it was so special

    that leaders in other countries would carefully read that newspaper's

    opinions because those leaders thought that the newspaper's opinions

    were the opinions of the British leaders. Well, you get the point, don't

    you. Yes, it was a "newspaper" -- but a newspaper that was totally

    unlike any other newspaper. You probably know its name: The Times.

    James


    P.S. Sadly, today The Times is just another newspaper. No longer in a

    class of its own. Today it is just in the class of so-called "quality

    newspapers." That is, those newspapers that are more or less serious.

    Thank you for the informative explanation.

    Who would not wish they had in their country a newspaper that is in a class of its own, super special and super unusual? Anyway I wonder what made The Times so super special at that time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unpakwon View Post
    Thank you for the informative explanation.

    Who would not wish they had in their country a newspaper that is in a class of its own, super special and super unusual? Anyway I wonder what made The Times so super special at that time.
    I think The Times was in a class of its own, because it gave to its readers scoop news, the latest informations and it treated serious issues."I do not know If I have clearly expressed the idea."

    ........... It was so powerful even as recently as the 1930's that sometimes the other newspapers would not say anything about controversial matters until that newspaper in its own class said something first. .........And it was so special that leaders in other countries would carefully read that newspaper's opinions because those leaders thought that the newspaper's opinions were the opinions of the British leaders.
    All the best
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