Amid growing public discontent over income inequality and theburgeoning costs of healthcare and higher education, Jamie Dimonand other leaders at some of the world’s largest companies saidthey plan to abandon the long-held view that shareholders’interests should come first. The purpose of a corporation is toserve all its constituents, including employees, customers,investors, and society at large, the Business Roundtable said Monday in astatement. Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase & Co., heads thegroup.

“While each of our individual companies serves its own corporatepurpose, we share a fundamental commitment to all of ourstakeholders,” the group said in the statement. “Americans deservean economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work andcreativity, and to lead a life of meaning and dignity.”

The 181 signatories include BlackRock Inc.’s Laurence Fink; Bankof New York Mellon Corp.’s Charlie Scharf; and the CEOs of severalWall Street banks, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., MorganStanley, and Moelis & Co. It also includes Amazon.com Inc.founder Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person.

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