Creating the Conditions for Long-Term Capitalism

Short-term pressures in today’s capital markets restrict the ability of business to do what it does best—create quality goods and services, invest in innovation, and develop human capital. Since 2003, the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program has been focused on ensuring that business and investment practice better supports the long-term health of society.

Our work has brought together senior business leaders, investors, corporate governance experts, labor leaders, researchers and scholars to discuss strategies for promoting change in business practice, investment protocols, incentives and decision rules in support of value creation that benefits both shareholders and society.

We believe that rebalancing the short-term/long-term focus of the corporate sector will make it possible to bring a wider view to the role of business, one that encompasses both fiscal and societal well-being.