Will BlackRock Impact Corporate Social Impact?

Jan 19, 2018 · 5 min read
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When Larry Fink — Founder, Chairman and CEO of the world’s largest investment firm BlackRock, Inc. — tells CEOs that they should care about their company’s social impact, people listen.

And the media reports.

Whether you think Fink’s message is a a “watershed moment on Wall Street” like Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times — or you are more skeptical about the letter’s impact on corporate actions — there is no denying the buzz it has caused, especially for those of us who care about how the private sector can advance public good.

In case you are overwhelmed by coverage, here are some articles we think are worth reading — or at least skimming.

Larry Fink’s Annual Letter to CEOs: A Sense of Purpose

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support

BlackRock CEO to Companies: Pay Attention To ‘Societal Impact’ (paywall)

Wall Street Titan to CEOs: It’s Not Just About the Money

BlackRock Just Did One Thing That Changed the Game for Anyone Who Invests

BlackRock Preaches Long-Termism, But Some Critics Aren’t Buying the Sermon

Trending: Blackrock, Citi Respond to Turning Tide by Embracing Social Responsibility

BlackRock CEO Urges Private Industry to Consider its Overall Impact

BlackRock’s Larry Fink Talks the Talk But Omits the Walk: Gadfly

Is BlackRock Seeing ‘Cleary’-Eyed? A ‘Watershed Moment’ If Words Become Actions

The World’s Largest Investment Firm Wants Corporations to “Serve a Social Purpose”

Companies Say They Want To Support Sustainable Development, But Do They Know How?

BlackRock sets out major SRI ambitions and targets passives

Everyone at Davos is talking about ‘Larry’s letter’

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