By portraying itself as a company with a heart, not just a lust for profits, McKinsey appeals to younger, idealistic students concerned about global warming, inequality, and racial justice. McKinsey has consulted for at least nineteen pharmaceutical clients — all subject to FDA regulation, but those companies may have paid a HUGE price.
The top executive at McKinsey & Company appeared before Congress to answer for the consulting firm’s role in fanning the opioid crisis and came under intense criticism from lawmakers. One likened the firm’s earnings from advising Purdue Pharma and other pharmaceutical companies to “blood money” from drug traffickers. Yet, pharma continues to be aligned with MBA spreadsheet consulting.