Socrates wearing a business suit

3 July, 2020

What’s a company for? An answer from Ancient Greece

The now venerable management scholar Charles Handy asked “What’s a Business For?” in an article published in Harvard Business Review in 2002. Charles Handy has often been ahead of the t...
Statue of liberty with mask against Covid-19

9 June, 2020

US public backs shift to stakeholder capitalism amid Covid-19

Capitalism is at a crossroads in the US, with almost nine out of ten people wanting large corporates to concentrate on serving their workers, customers, communities and the environment, according to n...
BlackRock building

18 May, 2020

Business Roundtable members ‘should become benefit corporations’

Academics have called on member of the Business Roundtable—whose luminaries include Jeff Bezos of Amazon and Larry Fink of BlackRock—adopt the legal status of benefit corporations to ensure their ...
Extinction Rebellion, climate change

23 December, 2019

2019: The year in governance

It’s that time we when we look back on 2019 and try to make sense of it all, impose some meaning and shape on the issues as they unfolded throughout the past 12 months. One thing we won’t do, h...
BlackRock building

18 December, 2019

BlackRock challenged to provide details of stakeholder pledge

You can’t talk the talk without having to walk the walk. BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is being held to account for signing up to a major reset of corporate values. At the end o...

28 August, 2019

Debate over ‘shareholder’ or ‘stakeholder’ primacy goes global

It takes a Nobel prize-winning economist to make the obvious comment. Writing on the US Business Roundtable’s decision to switch from backing “shareholder” primacy to a “stakeholder” model a...
Jamie Dimon

20 August, 2019

US business leaders pledge to ‘redefine corporate purpose’

It’s been a long running debate in recent years but now a group of heavyweight business leaders in the US have chosen a side. Business Roundtable, a body whose members include Julie Sweet, chief exe...