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Business, society, and the future of capitalism

May 2014—Unilever chief executive Paul Polman explains why capitalism must evolve, his company’s efforts to change, and how business leaders are critical to solving intractable problems.more

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Building a forward-looking board

February 2014—Directors should spend a greater share of their time shaping an agenda for the future.more


Focusing capital on the long term

December 2013—Dominic Barton, McKinsey’s global managing director, and Mark Wiseman, president and CEO of Canada’s largest pension fund, explain why big investors are crucial to ending the plague of short-termism.more


Bill George on rethinking capitalism

December 2013—The Harvard Business School professor and former Medtronic CEO explains why the market’s obsession with short-term performance ultimately hurts investors, companies, executives, and consumers.more

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Beyond corporate social responsibility: Integrated external engagement

March 2013—Companies must incorporate interaction with stakeholders into decision making at every level of the organization.more

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Does your CEO compensation plan provide the right incentives?

April 2012—Few boards look at how the CEO’s total wealth invested in the company changes as stock prices fluctuate. They could—and they should.more


Paying back your shareholders

May 2011—Successful companies inevitably face that prospect. The only real question is how.more

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Long-term capitalism

Dominic Barton on long-term capitalism

April 2011–Dominic Barton, McKinsey's managing director, argues that business must take the lead in renewing capitalism or risk losing popular and political support for the global economic system.more


CEOs on capitalism’s challenges

February 2011—Four CEOs discuss the difficulties of managing an evolving business environment with the long term in mind, and of working with stakeholders and communities interested in more than bottom-line returns.more

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