By Fortune Editors
November 16, 2010

By Andrew McAfee, contributor

(Management Innovation eXchange) — has a great collection of corporate mission statements. I recently used its search function to find examples of companies that prominently and publicly state something close to “people are our most important asset.”

Here’s a partial list: NestlĂ©, Procter & Gamble PG , Land O’ Lakes, Danaher DHR , Archer Daniels Midland ADM , Valero VLO , Performance Food Group, Norfolk Southern NSC , and Border’s Group BGP .

And here’s a group of companies that similarly value “empowerment:” Caremark CVS , Sara Lee SLE , Heinz HNZ , Dow Chemical DOW , GE GE , and Alcoa AA .

I don’t mean to pick on these companies; they’re just particularly clear examples of how all organizations talk about their people. I’ve never come across a modern enterprise that publicly states anything like “We want our people to put their heads down and do only the jobs that have been assigned to them. We want their thinking to stay ‘inside the box.’ When we want their opinions, we’ll ask for them. Our machines and business processes are our most important assets; our people just keep them running.” Instead, virtually all organizations stress the empowerment of their people.

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