April 16, 2021


Business Leaders Unite To Oppose Voting Restrictions

Major corporations, law firms, executives, nonprofits, and celebrities signed a new statement opposing voting restrictions in a two-page advertisement placed in The New York Times and The Washington Post on Wednesday.  Voting rights advocates and civil rights groups argue that the voting legislation advanced by Republicans in several states restricts ballot access and disproportionately affects voters of color. Amazon, Google, Apple, Blackrock, and Starbucks were among the corporations that signed

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Corporations, business leaders, celebrities sign statement against voting restrictions

Demonstrators wear chains while holding a sit-in inside of the Capitol building in opposition of House Bill 531 on March 8, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. HB531 will restrict early voting hours, remove drop boxes, and require the use of a government ID when voting by mail.

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Hundreds of corporations, executives and celebrities released a statement Wednesday in opposition to “any discriminatory legislation or measures” that would restrict ballot access.

Signatories include corporations such as Amazon, BlackRock and General Motors and individuals such as Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, actor Leonardo DiCaprio and music star Ariana

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Business leaders urge Biden to set ambitious climate goal

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.

The target would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment and require dramatic changes in the power, transportation and other sectors. President Joe Biden is considering options for expected carbon reductions by 2030 ahead of a virtual climate summit the United States is hosting later this month.

The so-called Nationally Determined Contribution is a

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U.S. needs to invest in semiconductor ‘infrastructure,’ Biden tells business leaders facing crippling shortages

The U.S. needs to address an ongoing shortage of semiconductors by investing in its chip “infrastructure,” President Joe Biden said during a virtual summit meeting with auto executives and other business leaders Monday afternoon.

“These chips, these wafers … batteries, broadband — it’s all infrastructure. We need to build the infrastructure of today and not repair the one of yesterday,” Biden said. “The plan I propose will protect our supply chain and revitalize American manufacturing.”

The event was called to address an immediate crisis that has impacted key industries, including consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals and auto manufacturing. Few sectors have been

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How 20th-Century Black Business Leaders Envisioned a More Just Capitalism

In the early 20th century, the US saw what’s been called a golden age of Black business and of Black business thinkers, one that has been elided in traditional business history taught in classrooms and leadership trainings. In this highly segregated era, leaders like Charles Clinton Spaulding and Maggie Lena Walker created and ran successful regional, national, and international corporations that employed and served the Black community in unique ways. The authors, two business historians, describe these leaders and show the ways in which the theme of social support runs throughout their work. The authors argue that leaders in today’s

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More than 100 business leaders speak out against voting restrictions

“We believe every American should have a voice in our democracy and that voting should be safe and accessible to all voters,” the statement said. The companies are part of Civic Alliance, a coalition that “recognizes that a strong democracy is good for business,” according to its website.

The statement comes as businesses are under growing pressure to condemn legislation in Georgia, Texas, and other key states where Republican lawmakers are trying to clamp down on ballot access.

The Civic Alliance letter said its member companies “stand in solidarity with voters” and that Americans “must have equal freedom to vote

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