Steward-Ownership | Rethinking Ownership in the 21st Century
This publication is intended to shed light on the different ways a company can incorporate accountability, mission integrity, and lasting independence into its ownership structure. We look at how steward-ownership enables companies to protect their values regarding the environment, society, and their employees in their legal DNA. And we explore the positive impacts these structures have on the profitability, longevity, and culture of corporations. Our goal is to offer a viable alternative to the prevailing model and the growing market trend of corporate mergers and acquisitions, which has seen large corporations swallow up mid-sized companies and thus increased market centralization. This book offers examples and testimonies of entrepreneurs and investors who are doing things differently. Readers of this book will explore both the philosophical and historical foundations of steward-ownership, and the practical steps companies have taken to implement these structures.