CEOs: If You Really Believe in Stakeholder Capitalism, Now is Your Chance to Make it Real
Now that the White House is listening, will they use their power to make it happen—or was it all talk?
Many corporate executives are looking forward to the prospect of divided government in Washington, with President-elect Joe Biden in the White House but Republicans potentially holding onto the Senate, because they hope it will limit the chances of what they see as progressive overreach. But CEOs who have made commitments on issues such as climate change and racial justice should reject the outdated mantra that all regulation is bad for business and use their influence to push for a “stakeholder capitalism agenda,” both with Republicans on Capitol Hill and the Biden administration.
The notion that corporations have responsibilities not just to shareholders but also to employees, customers, communities, and the planet has gained widespread acceptance, yet corporate law and regulatory policy has yet to catch up. That creates risks for businesses that want to do the right thing and rewards for those that don’t. With new leadership in Washington, there’s a chance to change that. Read more here.