Insights From

R. Edward Freeman

Principles and Purpose: A Statement on Stakeholders

A group of prominent CEOs recently issued a statement encouraging business to create value for all stakeholders, not limited to investors. Ed Freeman and his colleagues have been working with Stakeholder Theory for decades. Here, Darden professors across disciplines offer examples of how businesses can (or already are) prioritizing stakeholders.

Doing Well While Doing Good: 5 Lessons on Empowered Consumers and Responsible Business

In an age in which the public is actively invested in the values of a company and reputations can change abruptly, corporate responsibility is both a moral and business imperative. Here, Darden experts offer insights on corporate social responsibility and the evolving relationship of business and society.

Whole Foods Market Taps Into Detroit’s Community Spirit As the Motor City Rebuilds

Walter Robb, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, discussed community stakeholders at the Darden School of Business.

Conscious Capitalism: A Conversation With John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market

Darden School of Business Professor R. Edward Freeman hosts a conversation with John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, about conscious capitalism and other topics.

Economic Inequality, Part 3: What Can Business Do About It?

Ideas discussed in Darden’s “Economic Inequality and Social Mobility” course taught by Professors Jim Freeland and Ed Freeman, as well as specific examples of what various businesses are doing to address income inequality.

Economic Inequality, Part 2: Where We’re Going and Why It Matters

Economic inequality may be one of the defining challenges of our time. Income mobility has decreased, and the reinforcing loops of economic and opportunity inequality correlate with health and societal harms. What will happen as artificial intelligence rises and human employment decreases?

Economic Inequality, Part 1: Where We Are and Why

For three years, Darden Professors Jim Freeland and Ed Freeman, initially with the help of Professor Ed Hess, have taught a popular course titled “Economic Inequality and Social Mobility” to help students become more aware of what may be one of the defining challenges of their lifetime — economic inequality — and to focus on what business can do to