Our Commitment to Principled Leadership in Times of Disruption

At the dawn of a new decade, humankind faces unprecedented challenges to the wellbeing of our planet and the prosperity as well as survival of our species. Confronting the perils of climate change, economic, racial, ethnic and gender inequality, and most recently disease outbreak, urgently necessitates increased international and inter-generational collaboration and collective creativity.

Yet, the trend towards populism is sowing seeds of division and isolation within society, undermining this capacity to effectively work together to address the globe’s most pressing issues. ‘Us versus them’ ideologies further strain socio-economic, racial and government relations, all while neglecting to provide solutions.

Businesses also feel the effects of the leadership crisis. Saddled with uncertainty surrounding trade disputes and the decoupling of long-standing international organizations, industry leaders face deepening existential challenges.

As government, private, and non-profit sector leaders of influence at this most decisive moment in history, we collectively express our conviction that the biggest problems of humanity can and must be resolved by adhering to a more Principled form of Leadership, defined as the alignment of a leader’s behavior with the values the organization outlines for
itself. By leading by example to apply ethical standards that reflect shared values, we can best apply this leadership. Furthermore, we hereby commit to:

1. Promoting a culture of collaboration within and amongst societies, as well as between the public and private sectors.
2. Foregoing short-term, personal gains in favor of benefiting humankind and the planet in the long run.
3. Running our governments and organizations with openness, transparency, honesty, humility, and trust in others.
4. Championing the rights of all stakeholders, not just those of shared affiliations or mutual interests.
5. Actively investing in underserved communities to better address global inequality.

Historically, times of crises have opened the door to oppressors. Now, facing perhaps the biggest test to humankind and the future of our planet, it will be up to principled government and business leaders to lead society to favourable, democratic resolutions.

We thusly make known our firm resolution to this endeavor.

The Global Visions Community

• Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Minister and Special Advisor to the President of Niger, Niger
• Luca Jahier, President, European Economic and Social Committee, European Union
• Dalibor Jevtic, Minister for Communities and Return, Kosovo
• Dylan Jones, Deputy Minister for Western Economic Diversification, Canada
• Diene Keita, Minister for International Cooperation and African Integration, Guinea
• Fawzia Koofi, Vice President, National Assembly, Afghanistan
• Ernest Bai Koroma, Former President of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone
• Yves Leterme, Former Prime Minister of Belgium, Belgium
• Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Norway
• Ehud Olmert, Former Prime Minister, Israel
• Jonathan T. M. Reckford, Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity International, USA
• Valerie Rockefeller, Chair, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, USA
• Amos Sawyer, Former President of Liberia, Liberia
• Eva-Lotta Sjöstedt, Member of the Supervisory Board, Metro, Germany
• Karen Tang, Executive Director, The Better Hong Kong Foundation, Hong Kong
• Vitaly Vanshelboim, Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations, Denmark
• Luca Visentini, General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), European Union
• Deborah Wince-Smith, President, United States Council on Competitiveness, USA

• Frank-Jürgen Richter, Chairman, Horasis, Switzerland