Over the past year we’ve seen business leaders from the US Business Roundtable and the World Economic Forum publicly state that the purpose of a company is to engage all its stakeholders in shared and sustained value creation. And amidst the health and economic crises wrought by COVID-19 as well as the calls for racial justice in the United States, there is renewed focus on how companies need to evolve their purpose to be more resilient and responsive to the needs of all its stakeholders. As the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock has a unique perspective on how asset managers and investors can and should encourage companies to be driven by a purpose beyond profits.
Michelle Edkins – Managing Director, BlackRock
Ellen McGirt – Senior Editor, Fortune