- By recasting the long-running argument about the role of business in society, companies can dislodge a debate that’s now wedged between two seemingly incompatible points of view.
- The relationship between big business and society can be viewed as an implicit social contract, with obligations, opportunities, and mutual advantages.
- Large companies must take the lead in explaining their contribution to society. They should define their ultimate purpose in a way that is more subtle than "the business of business is business" and less defensive than most current approaches to corporate social responsibility.
- It is time for big business to recapture the intellectual and moral high ground from its critics and to build social issues into strategy in a way that reflects their actual importance to companies.