Ten years ago, a small group of business leaders stood together to make a “declaration of interdependence.” They declared the simple truth that business should work for everyone.
They weren’t leaders of big businesses. Few, if any, of these businesses were—or are—household names. They were leaders of the kinds of small businesses that make up the vast majority of businesses in the world.
What these business leaders declared wasn’t especially controversial. They declared that they cared about the people who worked for them, the communities in which they did business, and the environment they would leave for their grandkids. They declared they wanted their businesses, and business as a whole, to work for more than just themselves and their shareholders—they declared that business should work for everyone.