guardrails to protect the commons

Z

Remove bad options. Business models that deplete common resources and replicate dangerous inequality must be taken off the table

Z

Universal Owners. These long-term, diversified shareholders have the incentive and ability to work together with companies to establish comprehensive and universal sustainability guardrails to protect the
commons

Z

Collective action. Guardrails become “tickets to the game” that all companies must follow as a condition of market participation and shareholder trust

Essential Elements of Sustainability Measures

Y

Pre-competitive: a level playing field from which to compete

Y

Collective: a mechanism to ensure standardization

Y

Systemic: solutions that preserve the valuable systems in which business is embedded

Potential Guardrails

Z

Science-based targets for minimizing adverse impacts on natural resources and other natural capital costs

Z

Accounting for carbon emissions

Z

Limits on political spending

Z

Certification requirements for water use, human rights and other critical issues

Z

Limits on use of inversions, havens and other tax avoidance schemes

Z

Requirement that ESG benchmarks be met before any performance pay accrues

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