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Capitalism is failing and the tools we are relying on to fix it – corporate social responsibility, divestment, impact investing, and government control – are only making things worse.

-Chevron boasts about the $50 million per year it spends on renewable energy whilst it spends 200 times that on oil exploration

-Goldman Sachs touts its 10,000 Women initiative but its board ranks 358th out of the Fortune 500 for gender diversity and women earn 55% less than men do on average

By focusing on corporations rather than people, we’ve put our faith in empty trends and brand-focused window-dressing. Why should those responsible for our current crisis be trusted to fix it?

In Accountable, authors Michael O’Leary and Warren Valdmanis offer a blueprint for everyone to take responsibility for using their economic power as consumers, as investors, as employees, and as voters to trigger a fundamental shift away from an economy that is unethical, unfair, and destructive to our environment and institutions. Their investigation cuts through the tired dogma of current economic thinking to reveal a hopeful truth: if we can make our corporations accountable to a deeper purpose, we can make capitalism both prosperous and good.

Trenchant and gripping, this is an indispensable guide and call to action for citizens to take control of our economic power and hold corporations to a higher standard.

© Michael O’Leary, Warren Valdmanis 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

Critics Review

  • A thoughtful, well researched and compelling way to rethink how to assure that prosperity and fairness are linked

    Deval Patrick, Former Massachusetts Governor
  • Presents a fresh, balanced, highly readable and deeply informed case for how the pursuit of sustained financial success and the exercise of social responsibility to employees, consumers and society not only can-but must-go hand in hand if we are to have the world we seek in the future. I learned a lot

    John Pepper, former Chairman and CEO of P&G
  • More than ever before, this is the book our economy needs

    Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Unwilling to settle for easy answers or superficial changes, O’Leary and Valdmanis push us all to ask more of our economic system

    United States Senator Michael F. Bennet
  • Striking in its clarity and insights borne from the authors’ experience as investors on the frontlines of capitalism’s excesses and potential. The case studies of some of the best-known companies and investors don’t pull punches while offering tangible examples of the changes in culture and rules of the game required for a new type of capitalism

    Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO and Co-Founder of the Leadership Now Project
  • Solving our biggest social and environmental problems means reshaping the role that businesses play in our society. This informative book addresses the challenges we face in achieving this crucial transformation

    Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair GSG (Global Steering Group for Impact Investment)

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