A new approach to enhancing corporate performance by upgrading the character of an organization.
Corporate stewardship—an expanded sense of caring for people, communities, the environment, and future generations—is increasingly recognized around the world as a principle of enlightened business. We can no longer view corporations as isolated and independent entities, free to do whatever their owners and managers decide. They have a dual role: to deliver a superior return to their shareholders, and to uphold a co-equal responsibility to the economy, society, and the environment. Concepts such as the transition to Fourth Wave leadership embodied in more-sophisticated “integrated financial reporting” are accelerating mainstream acceptance of this core premise that corporate values and social benefit together can offer a path to a sustainable future.