Reviews of Deeply Responsible Business

"In 'Deeply Responsible Business: A Global History of Values-Driven Leadership', Geoffrey Jones makes a strong case for reimagining capitalism and posits that the first step in this process is to reconceptualise business and its social purpose." Review by Badrinath Rao (University in Flint, Michigan)

Deeply Responsible featured in Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge 

"Two Centuries of Business Leaders Who Took a Stand on Social Issues" 

“Geoffrey Jones’ outstanding book provides a compelling and readable account of the long and rich history of businesses that conceived of their place in society as profitably benefitting their customers, workers, owners, communities, countries, and planet.  Some might think this a new—or even controversial—idea, but its roots are deep and global. Being deeply responsible offers many benefits—but equally many challenges. Jones show how firms navigated their conflicting responsibilities. Not only business leaders, but also leaders in other sectors, will benefit from these insights, which are painfully relevant in our age.”

- Peter Tufano, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

“For the last fifty years, Milton Friedman’s idea that businesses should overwhelmingly focus on shareholders has prevailed, and our culture and laws have aligned so closely to this thinking that people have come to believe it is the natural way of doing business. This is why Jones’s book is so important and powerful—it explodes Friedman’s idea and shows how throughout history, the world over and in many ways, it is actually more natural for entrepreneurs to have a purpose and mission.”

- Christopher Marquis, author of Better Business: How the B Corp Movement is Remaking Capitalism

“A fascinating and important contribution. Jones profiles companies whose leaders, in one form or another, have promoted responsible business. He records their deep commitment to embedding humane values in their businesses and captures their considerable challenges and failures. In some cases, virtue signaling was not borne out by virtuous practices. The book argues that the simple presumption that responsible business is good business is simply not the case. Those who behave ethically are undermined by those who do not. Coordinated efforts across multiple companies are more likely to succeed, but ultimately it is government that must lay down the terms on which business needs to act. Insightful and informative.”

- Colin Mayer, author of Prosperity: Better Business Makes the Greater Good