The authors put forward the idea of making business a common asset. Has the implementation in recent years of the concept of corporate social responsibility been effective? The failure of the OECD Multilateral Agreement on Investment in 1998, the subprime crisis and the rise of social movements and local initiatives have called into question corporate accountability. By also highlighting the importance of business in the democratic process, the authors suggest a shift in the role of business in society, politics, finance, social issues and the environ- ment. Business is indeed a common asset that must improve citizens’ living conditions.