Stakeholder capitalism isn’t ‘woke,’ says BlackRock CEO Larry Fink

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink has published his annual open letter, all the time one of many enterprise world’s must-read missives of the brand new 12 months. This 12 months’s letter focuses on the subject of stakeholder capitalism—the concept firms haven’t only a obligation to their shareholders, however to everybody impacted by their merchandise and insurance policies.

Whereas the concept of stakeholder capitalism is a noble one, some critics (including in a current New York Occasions essay) have identified the way it’s grow to be a buzzword on this planet of the super-rich—a time period thrown round to raise their very own standing. Regardless, the CEO of the world’s largest asset fund has clearly embraced the time period in his 2022 letter. As Fink describes it:

Stakeholder capitalism will not be about politics. It’s not a social or ideological agenda. It’s not “woke.” It’s capitalism, pushed by mutually useful relationships between you and the staff, prospects, suppliers, and communities your organization depends on to prosper. That is the ability of capitalism.


In accordance with Finky, BlackRock believes “firms carry out higher when they’re deliberate about their position in society and act within the pursuits of their staff, prospects, communities, and their shareholders.”

And to that goal, he introduced the launch of BlackRock’s Heart for Stakeholder Capitalism. The brand new Heart, Fink mentioned, will “create a discussion board for analysis, dialogue, and debate” round the advantages of stakeholder capitalism—the advantages to stakeholders, society at massive, and, sure, shareholders. It’s that final bit Fink doesn’t draw back from and should assist different enterprise leaders see that doing the correct factor can go hand in hand with making a lot of cash. Not less than that’s what the chief of the agency that manages over $10 trillion of capital appears to imagine.

As Fink ends his letter, he says “it’s extra essential than ever that your organization and its administration be guided by its function. In the event you keep true to your organization’s function and give attention to the long run, whereas adapting to this new world round us, you’ll ship sturdy returns for shareholders and assist understand the ability of capitalism for all.”