Although corporate leaders have pledged to create value for all of their stakeholders, we believe one group in particular will be at the epicenter of this shift in 2020: workers. During this election cycle the state of jobs, wages, and workers in America will be at the core of the conversation. Despite rising productivity, profits, and a record stock market run, many Americans still feel disconnected and left behind. We think it’s one of the biggest reasons why a majority of Americans consistently tell us that the most important thing companies should prioritize is their workforce.
The good news is that we know now what steps need to be taken to move forward. This year, we will be stepping up our efforts to increase the breadth and depth of human capital disclosure, especially wages; elevate policies and practices that support good jobs, a clean environment, and healthy communities; identify strategies for companies to overcome barriers to implementation toward meaningful change; and engage investors and civil society on how to scale this behavior. The bottom line is we know that when businesses do right by all their stakeholders, everybody benefits.
This is a once-in-a-generation moment, and we invite you to join us.