Ralph Nader says these CEOs got it right — ethically

The longtime consumer advocate and critic of corporate power has a new book with lessons from a dozen CEOs.
Nader's new book, "The Rebellious CEO," shares lessons from corporate leaders who he believes have been forces for good. Students "need a book like this as part of their curriculum to elevate their expectations of the role of business," he says.
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Businesses are speaking out against anti-LGBTQ laws

Apr 4, 2022
More than 220 companies have signed a letter denouncing laws like Texas' anti-trans law and Florida's "Don't Say Gay" legislation.
Amazon, Apple, CVS, General Motors, Kellogg’s and Starbucks are among the household brands that have come out against anti-LGBTQ laws in various states.
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Why over 450 companies have withdrawn from Russia, and why some haven't

Mar 29, 2022
"It's very interesting what a break this was from all the things we've talked about in the past," said Yale's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.
"It's very interesting what a break this was from all the things we've talked about in the past," said Yale's Jeffrey Sonnenfeld.
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The colorful history — and precarious future — of rainbow washing

Jun 28, 2021
What started as niche marketing by a handful of companies has turned into a rainbow-ified corporate logo competition.
A handful of companies started advertising to queer markets in the 1980s and '90s. Several decades later, hundreds redesign their logos and sell rainbow merchandise for the month of June.
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Who's following up on corporate pledges of diversity?

May 24, 2021
A year after George Floyd's murder, companies have spent only a fraction of the money pledged toward racial equity.
Companies that make vague commitments to racial equity might not take concrete action to fulfill their pledges.
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Pledges vs. action: A consultant on the future of corporate social engagement

Apr 29, 2021
Deesha Dyer started a social impact consulting firm during COVID. She hopes companies keep their promises on racial justice.
Deesha Dyer, who worked in the Obama White House and founded the social impact consulting firm Hook & Fasten, hopes companies follow through on their racial justice initiatives.
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Chipotle's CEO on eating, hiring and corporate responsibility

Apr 21, 2021
“I think companies need to be accountable,” says Chipotle CEO Brian Niccol.
Brian Niccol, the restaurant chain’s CEO, says hiring and retaining workers will be among the biggest challenges as the company expands.
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What drives corporations to sign — or not sign — a letter opposing voting restrictions?

Apr 14, 2021
Amazon, Netflix and Starbucks joined a public statement, but Coca-Cola, Walmart and others did not.
Atlanta-based Coca-Cola expressed concern about Georgia's recent voting-rights restrictions but afterward did not join many other companies in making a public statement.
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Corporations turn green amid rising climate concern

Jan 21, 2020
Starbucks is the latest company to announce aplans to address climate change.
A sign on display outside Starbucks's annual general meeting in 2018.
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More companies are taking on climate change. Are they doing enough?

Oct 18, 2019
Experts say the recent cascade of pledges and commitments are mostly steps in the right direction.
Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos speaks to the media on the companys sustainability efforts on September 19, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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