“We should not link the issue of corporate governance to that of the general public “

Forum. The recent debate around the question of “the enterprise mission to” create tensions between actors of the social and solidarity economy (SSE), for which the legal structure induced by essence a social mission and by its governance expanded and shared (one man, one vote), and some actors of the private economy (for example, the Medef), who fear that the introduction of a “mission” in the articles of association of the company lead to the need to share the power with all the stakeholders.

The government and many actors of the SSE and the private company (and this is just a “dissociation” terminology regrettable…) are convinced that the social constraints and current environmental require a strong commitment from all the living forces of society, and especially companies that want to integrate in their strategy taking into account social and environmental issues.

For the past ten years, the “barriers” between companies of the SSE and the private companies are still grayed out. Many projects with a social and environmental impact are recognized by organizations from all over society – associations, cooperatives, enterprises, etc. – and this with success, showing that each of them could make a positive contribution to help meet that challenge social and/or environmental.

Taken of position ambiguous

Paradoxically, some co-operatives or mutuals today have no social mission if it is their governance that allows for a different commitment of the stakeholders involved in decision-making. Similarly, some private companies actually have a social mission, even if all stakeholders are not involved in decisions.

This proves well that it is not necessary to link the issue of corporate governance in the interest…

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