A company should serve its own purpose

Steward-ownership is a way of creating the foundation of ownership of a company. The core of steward-ownership is that a company is 'self-owned' and exists to serve its purpose. Steward-ownership is the best way to safeguard a company's purpose.


Stewards have the responsibility for the company's development. They have the formal control that normally lies with shareholders, but do not receive any of the financial benefits of being a shareholder. Stewards (temporarily) take care of an organisation.


Investors participate in the company's purpose. They have no or limited control over the company's course. This way profit follows purpose. Profit is distributed to investors or reinvested in the company according to transparent agreements.


The purpose is leading. The company exists to serve its purpose. With the elimination of the mechanism of creation short-term incentives for profit maximization and anchoring the purpose, the company can fully focus on realizing its purpose.


The company is made unsaleable, for example through giving a foundation a 'veto share', which can prevent the company from being sold as a commodity. In this way, the company’s purpose is also safeguarded for the long term.

Anchor your purpose

Help build a more mutual economy. Whether you are running a start-up or an existing company, steward-ownership brings the interests of all stakeholders in line with the company's purpose. With steward-ownership, profit is not the objective, but a means to maximize positive impact in the short and long term. If we are serious about equality and the sustainable transitions that our world now faces, then steward-ownership is the foundation on which to build on.
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