Reflections from Conversations with CEOs – Part 2

Throughout these turbulent few months, business leaders, and more specifically CEOs, have been looked to by their stakeholders to communicate, support, and strategize in real-time throughout this dynamic corporate ecosystem. Over the past few months as companies and events have moved to online platf...

Marketing in a #StopHateforProfit era

In the last few weeks, major nonprofits, brands, and agencies have decided to boycott Facebook advertising in protest of the company’s policies. The underlying concerns are even broader than the hashtag indicates: not just hate speech, but also issues ranging from algorithmic racism to voter suppr...

Moving Forward and Planning for a Post-Covid World Through Data

As companies face the wider economic impacts of Covid-19, CECP is tracking the ongoing decision making and planning of leaders during this monumental year that still has an uncertain future. As we move through this pandemic and gradual economic improvement, CECP is also collecting real-time data fro...

Mark, Set, Go! The Race Toward Resilience Is On

Doing business in the Covid-19 pandemic, and positioning for the rebound, has caused investors and chief executives alike to race toward resilience. In ordinary times, resilience is nice to have. In a crisis like a pandemic, resilience is the gold vein everyone is searching for in an underground min...

Applying a DEI Lens in Covid-19 Response

The Covid-19 crisis has dealt a blow to businesses and communities from a health and economic standpoint. While it’s true that the virus may not discriminate based on race, communities of color in particular have been affected disproportionately because of ingrained socio-economic inequities in he...

Reflections from Conversations with CEOs

As we all struggle through these unprecedented times, the need for strong purpose-focused leadership, and the world’s leading businesses’ critical role, has become increasingly clear. According to the 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer, “78% of respondents expect business to act to protect employees...

Why a Company’s Health and Wellbeing Program is an Essential Part of Its Long-Term Success

Title:  Why a Company’s Health and Wellbeing Program is an Essential Part of Its Long-Term Success May marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Month and as we reflect on the crisis impacting our communities and our economy, we’re faced with the prospect that the isolation, fear, and ...

Pivoting with Moral Leadership

During a recent CECP CEO Roundtable, current and former CEOs gathered virtually and shared insights from their perspectives on the business landscape. In these informative discussions, one executive noted that leadership, more so than having the right systems in place, is and will be integral as we ...

The Role of Companies Today and Every Day

During times like these, when we question everything, we can look at the role of companies through a lens of a larger aperture. Newman’s Own gives all their profits to charity. It’s how Paul Newman founded the company and what drives its mission today. “Let’s give it all away” was the clar...

Earth Day: We Didn’t Come This Far to Only Come This Far

On April 22, 1970, the inaugural Earth Day started an annual trend of marches, rallies, and various acts of environmental solidarity. From a truly grassroots movement, this day has continued to be a reminder to take care of the land that provides for us, for a better world that everyone can contribu...

Notable, Quotable Chief Executives Put the Pandemic into Words

Take a break from your day to scan how chief executives of the world’s largest companies are experiencing the pandemic. The wordsmiths below made us at times laugh, dread, empathize, cry, respect, applaud, and hope. Liverpool Football Club Manager Jürgen Klopp: “It’s not important what famous...

Telecommunications Providers: Take a Bow. Everyone Else: Take Notes.

Many of the timeless tropes of Passover and Easter that millions of people celebrated last week parallel those of Coronavirus today. The ritualistic washing – in Easter, the feet; in Coronavirus, the hands. The sickness – in Passover, the plague; in Coronavirus, Covid-19. The redemption – in E...

When Immediate Financial Goals Clash with Long-Term Purpose, What Gives?

When the going is relatively smooth, examples abound of noble causes, good behavior, higher purpose, and laudable values. Such was the case of the last 10 years of relative health, prosperity, and growth in the global economy. In business, purpose beyond profit became chic and most of the chief exec...

Navigating Covid-19 in the Short-Term, Driving Value for the Long-Term

Until late last year, I had enjoyed a 15-year career on both the buy side and sell side of Wall Street. Today I work with an organization whose mission is to prepare corporate leaders for the future new normal. Prior to joining CECP’s CEO Investor Forum, I worked at UBS advising Investor Relations...

Purpose-Driven Leadership During a Crisis

While each company is addressing its urgent needs in different ways–from health and safety precautions to tech platforms to the balance sheet–several encouraging trends are emerging. If ever there was a time for purpose-driven leadership and a broader stakeholder focus, it is now.  ...

Buy-Backs: Pitchforks, Then A Rethink

We’re going to want to reach for the pitchforks as we watch baggage-charging, space-squeezing airlines get a chunk of taxpayers’ money as part of the Covid-19 stimulus package, with very few strings attached. Particularly so after a decade of airlines shipping cash out the door in share ...

Collaborative Action to Combat Covid-19

In CECP’s 2020 Look Ahead blog, our annual examination the corporate social engagement field, Collaborative Action was one of five themes for the upcoming year. CECP noted that in seeking to address time-sensitive global issues, companies will move quickly together for mutual benefit. The fast-mov...

Adapting and Leading: How Companies are Responding to Covid-19

Many of the lessons learned from 9/11, the 2008 recession, SARS, natural disasters, and other times of crisis have provided companies with a strong foundation for the response to Covid-19. The world’s leading companies know this is a time to focus on corporate purpose and values and to think about...

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