Companies Shouldn’t Be Accountable Only to Shareholders, por Elizabeth Warren, no Wall Street Journal:
That’s where my bill comes in. The Accountable Capitalism Act restores the idea that giant American corporations should look out for American interests. Corporations with more than $1 billion in annual revenue would be required to get a federal corporate charter. The new charter requires corporate directors to consider the interests of all major corporate stakeholders—not only shareholders—in company decisions. Shareholders could sue if they believed directors weren’t fulfilling those obligations.
This approach follows the “benefit corporation” model, which gives businesses fiduciary responsibilities beyond their shareholders. Thirty-four states already authorize benefit corporations. And successful companies such as Patagonia and Kickstarter have embraced this role.
My bill also would give workers a stronger voice in corporate decision-making at large companies. Employees would elect at least 40% of directors. At least 75% of directors and shareholders would need to approve before a corporation could make any political expenditures. To address self-serving financial incentives in corporate management, directors and officers would not be allowed to sell company shares within five years of receiving them—or within three years of a company stock buyback.
Diga-se que eu não gosto lá muito da retórica do “giant American corporations should look out for American interests”; se ela dissesse “common interests”, ou “public interest”, ou “interests of all”, ou qualquer coisa assim, tudo bem, mas a conversa do “American interests” soa um bocado à trumpista (bem, também soa a “política patriótica e de esquerda” ou até a “defender o povo e o país”).