Here’s an update on news about Stakeholder Capitalism over the last week. EY Linked in poll finds people are the No. 1 priority…New Council on Inclusive Capitalism supported by the Vatican…Brian Moynihan, Bank of America co-chairman, touts Stakeholder Capitalism on Fox business news… McKinsey study says Stakeholder Capitalism and Digitalization rank among the biggest trends for 2021…. …Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism issues formal framework…Biden Administration will rescind Trump Administration restrictions on ESG investments.
Here’s an update on the latest news in the general media about Stakeholder Capitalism and human capital management issues.
EY Stakeholder Capitalism Poll: People Are the No. 1 Path to Long-Term Value Creation
In a recent LinkedIn poll
conducted by EY with over 10,000 responses, people top the planet, governance, and prosperity as the most critical issue to address. When asked which Stakeholder Capitalism metric is most urgent on the road to long-term value creation, the answers were: People, 53%; Planet, 26%; Prosperity, 13%; Governance, 9%.
Council for Inclusive Capitalism With the Vatican Is Launched
The Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican
is a new partnership between some of the world's largest investment and business leaders and the Vatican. “It signifies the urgency of joining moral and market imperatives to reform capitalism into a powerful force for the good of humanity. Under the moral guidance of His Holiness Pope Francis and His Eminence Cardinal Peter Turkson, who leads the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development at the Vatican, and inspired by the moral imperative of all faiths, the Council invites companies of all sizes to harness the potential of the private sector to build a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable economic foundation for the world.”
According to an announcement, “The Council is led by a core group of global leaders, known as Guardians for Inclusive Capitalism, who meet annually with Pope Francis and Cardinal Turkson. These leaders represent more than $10.5 trillion in assets under management, companies with over $2.1 trillion of market capitalization, and 200 million workers in over 163 countries. The organization challenges business and investment leaders of all sizes to embrace the Council's guiding principles
and make public commitments to act on them. These collective actions are intended to lead to systemic change by making capitalism a greater force for inclusivity and sustainability. Watch a video of the Guardians discussing the Council's mission here
BOA Chairman Makes the Case for Stakeholder Capitalism
The Barrons Business Roundtable
on Fox Business News recently featured Brian Moynihan, Bank of America Chairman and CEO and a passionate advocate for Stakeholder Capitalism. While Moynihan was asked mostly about the environmental aspects of Stakeholder Capitalism, he also touched on some of the people issues as well.
In a study
that looked at 615 large- and midcap US publicly listed companies from 2001 to 2015, McKinsey found that those with a long-term view—something that’s a core of stakeholder capitalism—outperformed the rest in earnings, revenue, investment, and job growth. And a McKinsey Global Survey in February 2020 found that a majority of the executives and investment professionals surveyed said they believed that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs already create short- and long-term value and will do so even more five years from now.
*The digitalization of the work force will accelerate.
*The future of work has arrived head of schedule because of the work-from-home movement.
*A return of confidence will unleash a consumer rebound.
*Leisure travel will return before business travel.
*Shopping behaviors will be altered forever.
*There will be a wave of innovation and business startups.
Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism Issues Formal Framework
A coalition of prominent business leaders, academics, lawyers, unions, and others dedicated to principles aligned with Stakeholder Capitalism, have issued a report to establish the principles and framework for implementation. Beyond recommendations for business, it also urges the active involvement of government to promote these principles.
Here are some highlights from the report
• “Government should work with business and labor to establish new sets of rules for our modern economy to eliminate incentives for short-term financial engineering, broaden corporate stakeholders and define a corporate purpose to which businesses’ performance can be accountable to.
• “Federal and state laws should facilitate the ability of large corporations to formally broaden the stakeholders and communities to which they are responsible beyond stockholders. This can include encouraging corporations to become public benefit corporations as well as encouraging corporations to make themselves responsible for demonstrating their material and positive impact on society and the environment.
• “The benefit corporation model can task boards with the purpose of creating value, weighing needs and allocating resources for all corporate stakeholders including workers, not just shareholders.
• “Encourage more Inclusive Capitalism to restore balance to the economy while also maintaining fair cash compensation and benefits for workers.
• “Equitably reward all workers for the value they create and empower workers by protecting their rights to negotiate for higher wages and better working conditions on an equal basis with their employers.
• “Companies should report on their commitment to workers.
• “Give workers a stronger voice in the corporation to ensure that good jobs provide good wages…”
Biden Administration Moves Quickly to Support ESG Investing
A Barrons article
by Lewis Braham reports that “The Biden administration will start walking back a controversial Department of Labor rule that would curb the use of ESG, or environmental, social, and governance, funds in 401(k) retirement plans, though it may take as long as 18 months to undo it completely.”
Separately, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced
that Satyam Khanna will serve as Senior Policy Advisor for Climate and ESG in the office of Acting Chair Allison Herren Lee. In this new role, Khanna will advise the agency on environmental, social, and governance matters and advance related new initiatives across its offices and divisions.
Based on the administration’s latest moves, one can expect the SEC to add to disclosure requirements for ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) issues, including human capital, and that other departments will favor ESG policies.
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