Readers' Guide Comment on “corresponding sense of ownership”
While this sense of ownership is worded as a requirement for non-state Actors, it seems targeted at corporate executives. Note the choice of the expression a "sense of ownership." These words are reflective of the language and ideas employed by those working in the private sector. In the public and civil society sector, ‘stewardship', ‘responsibility’, and ‘ethics’ would more accurately capture the sense of motivation and function.
WEF recognizes that this lack of global public awareness in the corporate world is a significant challenge for the effectiveness of its proposals. Not only do the GRI proposals need a corporate citizenry that is well aware of the realities of the world, they also need to have these corporate executives more self-consciously involved in formal global governance. WEF apparently feels that corporate executives need a sense of ‘global ownership’ in order to appreciate fully their newly assigned governance role. Its two principle solutions to help transform corporate executives from global market experts to global governors are the YGL Oath and the active involvement of ‘certain NGOs’ as ethical teachers and leaders.
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