The new Imperative 21 campaign unites 13 business networks representing more than 70,000 companies in the quest to promote Stakeholder Capitalism principles.
Representing more than 70,000 businesses, 20 million employees, $6.6 trillion in revenue, and $15 trillion in assets under management, Imperative 21 is a new, business-led network driving economic system change. Partners include Just Capital
, B Lab
, The B Team
, CECP (Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose)
, and Conscious Capitalism
“The imperative of the 21st century is economic system change,” says Jay Coen Gilbert, Executive Co-chair, Imperative 21. “Whether we're fighting for worker wellbeing, climate action, racial justice, gender equity, or long-term value creation for shareholders, we need to reset to Stakeholder Capitalism.”
According to the group, the RESET launch date was timed to coincide with the 50-year anniversary of the publication in the New York Times of an essay by Milton Friedman articulating a doctrine of shareholder primacy. “Fifty years of shareholder primacy has left us facing a climate emergency, collapse in our natural system, unjust and unsustainable levels of inequality and low trust across society. It is critical that leaders everywhere come together in a RESET where we account for our impact on all stakeholders and recognize the interdependence of people, planet and our economy,” says Halla Tomasdottir, CEO, The B Team and co-chair, Imperative 21. “We must remove obstacles to justice and make sure we build back better with the many populations our current system has left behind. It will take radical collaboration between the private sector, public leaders and citizens to successfully create the economy we need.”
In a related effort, the NASDAQ exchange
began projecting key indicators of economic success –including biodiversity, living wages, anti-racism, and shared prosperity – on the Nasdaq Tower in
New York’s Times Square.
Imperative 21 is working with more than 250 global allies to develop the Imperatives for Economic System Change, which:
• Recognize the interdependence of healthy people, planet, and economies; reimagine the relationships between the private sector, government, and civil society; and ensure that everyone has access to free and fair markets.
• Remove structural inequality; ensure leadership and ownership are more representative and investment more accessible; use technology to advance democratic ideals and human rights; and promote greater voice, power, and opportunity for those currently marginalized.
• Measure success based on credible common metrics of value creation for all stakeholders; create incentives that reward business and investments creating social and environmental value; and enhance standards of fiduciary duty.
The Imperative 21 network says it “works towards a shared vision of shared wellbeing on a healthy planet, and recognizes that this vision requires a shift from shareholder primacy to Stakeholder Capitalism and that the shift is critical to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The RESET,” it adds, “will be amplified in events at the United Nations General Assembly during the week of Sept. 21.”
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