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WHAT IT TAKES
TO BE A CRE
BY TANYA STERLING
When Lawrence Fink speaks, executives listen. Not just because he is CEO of BlackRock, one of the largest money management firms in the world, although that certainly has something to do it with it. Rather, over the years Fink has
become renown for the advice he dispenses in his much anticipated annual letter to CEOs.
In 2018, for instance, he set the investing world on its head when he told CEOs that their
companies need to do more than just make profits—they also need to contribute to society. Granted, Fink said this with the might of $6 trillion in assets under management
behind him and the very pointed observation that if companies want to receive backing or
support from BlackRock they will take heed of his words.
But Fink’s letter last year and the one this year was seen as more than just marketing
or one executive expounding on the issues. Fink set off a debate in offices around the
world about the company’s purpose and what it owes society—a debate that arguably has