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Stakeholder Capitalism in the News: Latest Surveys, Research, and More

The concept of Stakeholder Capitalism and the many issues involved continue to make news in the business and academic media. 
A recent article in the Harvard Business Law School Governance Journal reports that Americans of all stripes believe in Stakeholder Capitalism principles…An article in the Journal of Accountancy says that financial auditors are eyeing a role in reviews of ESG reporting, which could include human capital…Gary Gensler, the Securities & Exchange Chairman, says he wants to promote greater transparency in ESG reporting…There are increasing signs of union activity even at people-oriented companies such as Starbucks….Deloitte CEO study highlights focus on people, technology, and innovation. 
JUST Capital Report in Harvard Law Corporate Governance Journal. The article shares the results of its surveys of American public opinion on Capitalism respondents continue to be optimistic on capitalism as an economic system, but pluralities say (with agreement across most demographics) that we need a more evolved form of capitalism to: ensure the greater good of society; produce the kind of society respondents want for the next generation, and work for the average American.”
Financial Auditors eye a role in human capital reporting. According to an article in the Journal of Accountancy, auditors and lawyers see a role in helping to audit Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) reporting. 
SEC Chair—It’s Time to Clear Up ESG Claims by Investment Funds. As money pours into ESG funds, the SEC Chair Gary Gensler is asking the staff to consider requiring more disclosure of ESG criteria and underlying data behind such claims, according to a report in This likely will put pressure on these funds to use more transparent methods of investment criteria.
Are the Worker’s Getting Restless? When Starbucks Employees Press for Unions, Watch Out. Amazon workers turned back a union organization effort in the South and Buffalo employees might vote no to this organization effort, but it says something that even companies with good pay and benefits are facing increasing pushback from employees. 
Deloitte CEO Study—Talent, Technology Top List of Priorities. Interesting findings from this survey of CEOs from Deloitte released early this year include: 
When asked to identify the three drivers for success in the coming year, “more than half of CEO respondents give roughly equal credit to innovation or new products and to the application of technology (such as digital transformation or artificial intelligence…Just shy of 40% expect accelerated or pent-up consumer demand to drive business success this year, and one in three CEOs expect to reap the benefits of increased operational efficiencies (e.g., hybrid workforce). Fewer than 20% expect business success to come from M&A, price increases, increases in public spending, or geographic expansion.” 
Nearly three out of four CEOs say their organizations are undergoing or preparing for digital transformation. A close second, 71% of CEOs, say the same for workforce and talent transformation.  
When asked to select the top three factors they use to decide whether to take a vocal stand on social or societal issues, more than four out of five CEOs say they consider alignment with their organization’s strategy, purpose, and values—in contrast with about a third who say they consider alignment with their personal values and conscience.
Both issues have come to the forefront for CEOs during the pandemic, the report says.

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