On February 1, 2017, Laureate Education became the first benefit corporation to complete an Initial Public Offering. This means that mainstream investors have finally gotten the message: traditional corporate governance, which elevates shareholder interests over all others, is not tenable in our increasingly interdependent economy. Governance that recognizes the interests of all stakeholders generates more value for everyone over the long term. That’s why investors are recognizing that businesses must treat customers, employees and communities as partners, rather than as instruments to be managed for maximum short-term financial gain.

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