KH MOON
CENTER FOR A FUNCTIONING SOCIETY

Man in his social and political existence must have a functioning society just as he must have air to breathe.
—Peter Drucker

UTOPIA? TRY FUNCTIONING.

Peter Drucker never actually wished for utopia—despite what some of his critics claimed. What he was striving for was to create a society that was simply “functioning,” a society in which individuals could find dignity and purpose in their lives.

As pressures from technology and globalization have increased and the nature of work has changed, it has become harder and harder for many people—particularly those without adequate knowledge and skills—to keep pace. Income inequality has grown. Trust in business, government and even NGOs has declined broadly. Capitalism itself is increasingly under attack.

The KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society is a vehicle designed to help tackle some of our big challenges in pursuit of the vision that Peter Drucker held: one in which people thrive because of—not in spite of—our major institutions.

By bringing together the right leaders to work on key issues, such as developing systems to promote lifelong learning for everyone, we aim to forge new ideas and accelerate change by piloting and testing the best of them.

A BREAKTHROUGH VIEW OF CORPORATE PERFORMANCE

The KH Moon Center also develops practical tools to help leaders make real strides on issues of social import.

Foremost among these is a holistic measure of corporate effectiveness. We define “effectiveness” as Peter Drucker did: “doing the right things well.” You can learn more on the following pages about the methodology, data sources and principles we’ve used.

This measure gives corporations and investors a credible and useful alternative to short-term financial metrics. This, in turn, should help lead to better stewardship of our enterprises—and better outcomes for employees, customers and communities.

RESOURCES

For more information about the KH Moon Center for a Functioning Society or the Drucker Index, please contact Rick Wartzman at [email protected].

KH MOON

The Center for a Functioning Society is named for a leader who has long embodied Peter Drucker’s ideas and ideals in his work across all sectors: KH Moon.

As a corporate leader, Moon was named the most admired CEO in Korea, when he headed the consumer products giant Yuhan-Kimberly. This was in large measure for his unwavering commitment to invest in his employees with training and education, as well as his ability to turn every worker, including those on the front lines, into a powerful source of innovation. He also launched the New Paradigm Institute to spread these principles throughout Asia.

As a government leader, Moon was elected to the Korean National Assembly and established the Creative Korea Party, which offered an anti-corruption, pro-environmental platform.

And as an NGO leader, Moon was a founder of the Peter Drucker Society of Korea and is a board member of the Drucker Institute. He has been a strong advocate for the arts and for protecting the environment, which has earned him recognition from the United Nations.

Today, Moon is the president and chief executive of Hansoll Textile, an apparel manufacturer. He says that the title of CEO really stands for Chief Ethics Officer, Chief Environmental Officer and Chief Education Officer.