Google’s chief executive Larry Page has admitted that the company has outgrown its “don’t be evil” and “make the world a better place” mission statement, but that what comes next is unknown.
Page insists that the company is still focused on the altruistic principles that it was founded on in 1998, when he and co-founder Sergey Brin were aiming big with “societal goals” to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”.
Questioned as to whether Google needs to alter its mission statement for the next stage of company growth in an interview with the Financial Times, Page responded: “I think we do, probably” but that “we’re still trying to work that out.”
“We’re in a bit of uncharted territory,” Page said. “We’re trying to figure it out. How do we use all these resources … and have a much more positive impact on the world?”