Welcome to the Greenleaf at 21 blog series. To celebrate our 21st birthday, over the next few months we will be sharing original posts by influential Greenleaf authors, in which they discuss how their field has changed over the last 21 years and what they hope to see change in the future. This article by Steve Lydenberg explores what needs to be done to move responsible business into the 21st century:
As we move into the heart of the 21st century, the twin sisters of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and socially responsible investment (SRI) stand at a crucial juncture. Each has won a certain respect in its respective world. It is unclear, however, whether they will now be able to lead the way down a path toward fundamental reform or will simply end up as interesting sideshows along the well-trodden road of business as usual.