August 15, 2018

Wall Street Journal: Companies Shouldn't Be Accountable Only to Shareholders

"My new bill would require corporations to answer to employees and other stakeholders as well."

Corporate profits are booming, but average wages haven't budged over the past year. The U.S. economy has run this way for decades, partly because of a fundamental change in business practices dating back to the 1980s. On Wednesday I'm introducing legislation to fix it.

American corporations exist only because the American people grant them charters. Those charters confer valuable privileges-such as limited legal liability for their owners-that enable businesses to turn a profit. What do Americans get in return? What are the obligations of corporate citizenship in the U.S.?

Read the full op-ed on the Wall Street Journal website here.

By:  Senator Elizabeth Warren
Source: Wall Street Journal