Last Updated Aug 25, 2009 11:54 AM EDT
"Short-term thinking got us into the financial mess, and long-term investments that also benefit the world around us can lead us out of it. Any large-scale efforts to solve the great global challenges that do not include the private sector will fall short."What company does this well? Clinton points to Coca Cola, and its work in Africa. Coke allows independent entrepreneurs, including women, to establish distribution centers for the company. "This model helps Coca-Cola secure hard-to-reach markets while creating job growth in those communities. So far, Coca-Cola has established 2,500 independent distribution businesses across Africa, providing direct employment for more than 11,000 people and generating more than $500 million in annual revenue."
Read Clinton's full essay.