When it comes to Kolawole’s belief that corporations have the power to improve wealth opportunities, he notes that leadership, vision, courage, culture alignment, and accountability are significant factors. In addition, boosting inclusivity, belonging, and diversity of perspectives is a key component.
“Finally, I firmly believe what gets measured gets managed,” he said. “So, it’s about accountability. Are you doing what you say you’re going to do? In our investment programs, for example, we’re working to look at not just where we’re putting our money, but what is it yielding in terms of small business growth and jobs? All of this ensures our commitment is authentic, inclusive, and sustainable because that’s what creates the difference between statements and actually bringing them to fruition.”