Operations & Policies

The public health risks imposed by Covid-19 have made this fall’s general election unlike any in memory. Absentee ballots are surging with more than 80.5 million absentee ballots having already been requested or sent to voters nationwide. As trusted voices and civic leaders, we believe that business leaders, along with policymakers and election officials, have an
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Whatever your politics, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the world is experiencing a vacuum of leadership. The coronavirus response has been marked by a lack of effective coordination among governments and international bodies. Sadly, ethical collaboration is increasingly taking a back seat as cooperation fades and a damaging go-it-alone mentality prevails. This growing
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When President Trump called out Goodyear Tire in a tweet, “canceling” the company for not allowing employees to wear “Make America Great Again” hats, CEO Rich Kramer was no doubt surprised. “To be clear,” Kramer tweeted soon after, “Goodyear does not endorse any political organization, party or candidate. We have a longstanding company policy that
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Liberal market economies are under attack from all sides: the left decries “market fundamentalism,” inequality and corporate greed; the right bemoans corrupt public elites, the burdens of regulation on businesses and the steady erosion of individual freedom and free speech. As in so many other areas of modern life, Covid-19 has raised the stakes on
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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer at the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute Summit on Wednesday When it comes to U.S.-China trade policies, chief executives at a summit of large-company and government leaders Wednesday said four years of the Trump administration have left things worse, not better, and see little hope of improvement under the current
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Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the resulting economic crisis has shuttered 1 million small businesses, and half of those that remain are skeptical about surviving longer than three months, despite governmental stimulus packages and loans. Cash efficiency, critical in the best of times, can make the difference between survival and disaster. While some sectors are
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The rapidly escalating U.S.-China great power conflict has more enduring causes than questions of responsibility for Covid-19. The implications of heightened confrontation will be profound and lasting. Enterprises with significant exposure to the world’s largest bilateral economic relationship increasingly will be compelled to choose between rivals, especially when operating in a growing list of sensitive
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Here’s a fun fact: This exact week of August 1962, Neil Sedeka’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” landed in the #1 spot of Billboard’s Hot 100. Thanks to last week’s Congressional antitrust hearings, this bit of trivia is suddenly ironic. Could the once unthinkable—breaking up the largest, most powerful technology corporations in the world—actually not
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