Dear Alliance Chapters:
At its January 2000 meeting, the national council endorsed a joint effort with the
Stakeholder Alliance to press for full corporate accountability in accordance with the
Sunshine Standards for Corporate Reporting to Stakeholders. (The standards, as well as
information on the Stakeholder Alliance, can be reviewed at ( http://www.stakeholderalliance.org .) The
Stakeholder Alliance strategy and Sunshine Standards were subsequently incorporated into
the Alliances Transforming the Corporation Campaign, which I chair.
Ralph Estes, founder of the Stakeholder Alliance, addressed the plenary session of the
Davis convention on "Corporate Accountability: An Indispensable Tool for Economic
Democracy" and also conducted a workshop on organizing for corporate accountability
using an Alliance for Democracy/Stakeholder Alliance "toolkit" for social
activists. A listing of the toolkits' contents is attached.
Because the convention's reaction to the toolkit was quite enthusiastic, a copy will be
provided free for your chapter on request. Just send a note to Ralph (e-mail:
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; fax: 202-387-7915; street address: The Stakeholder Alliance,
733 15th St., NW, Suite 1020, Washington, DC 20005). Please copy the Alliance national
According to Ralph, not only are you free but you are encouraged to copy components of
the toolkit at will. You are also invited to adopt or adapt the sample op-eds for
submission to your community's or campus newspapers. Ralph Estes generously adds,
"sign your own name if you like."
We urge you to consider adding a corporate accountability campaign to your chapter's
program, to use and improve the toolkit. And please forward to Ralph at the e-mail address
above and, for our Alliance publications, to <email@example.com>, news of such
campaigns and information on what works and what doesn't. The AfD national office will
share this information, particularly the successes, with all chapters.
As Ralph says, corporate accountability to stakeholders will not solve all of the
problems of the big-corporate system, but it will prevent a good proportion of the abuses
that now occur, will empower grassroots stakeholders to effectively challenge the
corporation for its misbehavior, and is essential to all other campaigns concerned with
corporate reform and corporate transformation.
In a spirit of enthusiasm and optimism that the people, doing the necessary research
and action and working together, can tame the corporate beast, I am, as always,