Council For Inclusive Capitalism Adds New Leaders Committing To Operate Their Businesses In Ways That Address Global Challenges

November 29, 2021

Council Grows to More Than 185 Members Worldwide  

New Members Include African Development Bank’s Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Reliance’s Mukesh Ambani, Bayer’s Werner Baumann, Motorola Solutions’ Greg Brown, M&T Bank’s René Jones, BCG’s Rich Lesser, Stanley Black and Decker’s Jim Loree, Suntory’s Tak Niinami, and AIG’s Peter Zaffino, Among Others 

New York, N.Y. – The Council for Inclusive Capitalism (Council) today announced new growth among its membership of global organizations and an expansion of its steering committee. New steering committee members include Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank Group, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries, Greg Brown, Chairman and CEO of Motorola Solutions, and Rich Lesser, Global Chair of Boston Consulting Group (BCG). In addition, Council members Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of Ayala Corporation, and Ramez Sousou, Founder, Co-chair, and Co-CEO of TowerBrook Capital Partners, will also serve on the steering committee. 

A passionate proponent of inclusive and sustainable growth, Dr. Adesina said he wants to see a “fair and equitable Africa.” “I am a firm believer in the private sector,” Dr. Adesina said. “Africa needs private sector investment to progress. But I also believe that progress means nothing unless it is shared by all.” 

The Council is a CEO-led organization of businesses that are taking action to address our most critical global challenges by operating their businesses in ways that create a more inclusive, sustainable, and trusted economic system. Since launching in December of 2020, the Council has grown from 27 members to more than 185 organizations of all sizes and industries across the globe. 

“Capitalism needs to change so that the benefits are more widely shared, and the Council is focused on the progress our members make through their everyday actions,” said Meredith Sumpter, CEO of the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. “By putting forth their best ideas for doing business in ways that benefit people and planet, these leaders push themselves and inspire others to take their own actions. That’s why the Council was founded—to act on the moral imperative to advance the change we need at scale.” 

Upon joining, all Council members commit their organizations to measurable and meaningful actions to create equality of opportunity, equitable outcomes, and fairness across generations as well as fairness to those whose circumstances prevent them from full participation in the economy, all while sharing progress on these actions. Council members have made more than 460 commitments to action to date. Explore them here. 

Among the leaders of large and small organizations from across the globe who have recently joined the Council are Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer AG; David Dwumah, Founder and CEO of OurBanc; Jonathan Hu, Managing Partner of LVS Capital Limited; Lim Young Jin, CEO of Shinhan Card; René Jones, Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank; Laura Kiernan, Founder and CEO of High Touch Investor Relations; Jim Loree, CEO of Stanley Black and Decker; Tak Niinami, CEO of Suntory Holdings; Patricia Nzolantima, Founder and Chairwoman of Bizzoly Transport and Logistics; Surendra Patawari, Chairman of Gemini Corporation NV; Roan Yarn, CEO of Cointinuum/Bit Real Estate Exchange; and Peter Zaffino, President and CEO of AIG. 

The Council was founded by Lynn Forester de Rothschild with the belief that businesses have a responsibility and the capability to create stronger, fairer, and more dynamic economies and societies. Council membership is open to all companies and organizations who are willing to make measurable, public commitments toward more inclusive and sustainable business practices and share progress toward these goals. You can see the full list of Council members here. 


About the Council for Inclusive Capitalism: 

The Council for Inclusive Capitalism is a global nonprofit organization established to harness the potential of the private sector to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and trusted form of capitalism. The Council is guided by moral and ethical leaders and is led by a core group of global CEOs and public leaders who convene annually to advance the Council’s mission. Further information can be found at 


Council for Inclusive Capitalism media contact: 

Amanda Byrd 

Director of Communications  



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