Is the definition of fiduciary duty outdated?

Bear with me as I talk about something boring. But this boring thing is actually instrumental to creating lasting social change. 

If you’re not familiar with the term fiduciary duty, it refers to the fundamental (and legal) responsibility of board directors, which is to act in the best interests of an organization’s financial health at all times such that it is always in good standing. In practice, this has meant that if directors make decisions that can minimize or compromise the financial returns or financial health of the organization they serve, they can be held legally responsible. And that’s because, according to the law, board directors are first and foremost fiduciaries. 

Is today’s definition of fiduciary duty fit for addressing tomorrow’s societal needs?

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