Statement on Marc Gafni

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Conscious Capitalism Community,

Heroic and honorable as the Conscious Capitalism movement may be, as with any attempts at major societal change, there will be detractors. Such opposition usually materializes in the form of scrutiny or skepticism around an organization’s mission or principles. In our case, both of these are built on solid foundations, and we stand firmly on our mission to elevate humanity through business.

As some of you already know, a situation has been unfolding over the past year related to Marc Gafni, co-founder of the Center for Integral Wisdom (CIW) and allegations of sexual abuse against him. Because John Mackey, co-founder of Conscious Capitalism, and Mr. Gafni had previously maintained a personal and professional relationship, Conscious Capitalism has been tenuously implicated through association. These allegations are led by an activist named Nancy Levine, who continues to make public attacks and attempts to engage our community members with her criticism, often using inaccurate and misleading information.

You should know that John chose not to renew his role on the Board of Directors of the CIW and is no longer affiliated with CIW.

We also want you to know that Conscious Capitalism issued a strong public response to Ms. Levine back in February of 2016 when this matter came to our attention:

“Conscious Capitalism has no professional association with Marc Gafni or the Center for Integral Wisdom and does not promote either in any way.  Conscious Capitalism does not condone, support or in any way remain silent on issues of sexual assault, harassment or abuse.  We are unequivocal that any type of abuse or assault is unacceptable, and we support a culture of open transparency, care and integrity in all personal interactions.”

As well, John issued a personal, official statement:

“I want to make it crystal clear that I do not condone sexual assault, harassment, or abuse in any form.  I have known Marc Gafni for several years, and he has continued to tell me that he is innocent of the allegations being made about him.  Loyalty and the presumption of innocence are important values to me, so I will not join those who are condemning him.  At the same time, I understand the devastating effects of abuse, and my heart goes out to any and all victims of sexual abuse everywhere.  I am, at once, presuming Marc’s innocence and firmly standing against what he’s accused of.”   – John Mackey

We agree that this is a very important issue. As an organization, we will continue to stand strongly against sexual abuse in any form and to promote the bringing of fully human, safe, caring cultures to the workplace through Conscious Capitalism.

Sincerely,

Alexander McCobin & Doug Rauch
Co-CEOs, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.