Navigating a New Order: Business Responsibility and Opportunity in the Post-Trump Era
The Biden administration assumes office as the United States--and the world--face challenging headwinds. Alienation and polarization characterize the political environment, and the pandemic’s toll on economies and people around the world is still growing in severity.
Business leaders have increasingly been forced to step up, taking a stand on everything from racism and inequality, to immigration, climate change, and more recently, threats to democracy. Employees are increasingly likely to demand a voice in how companies position themselves on questions of ethics and corporate sustainability, which is having a profound impact on organizational culture and strategy. At the same time, policy makers and the public are calling for more extensive regulation of business due to the growing perception that capitalism is no longer working for the average American.
Stern’s Business and Society Program offered a series of three webinars to explore how business can take a proactive role in helping society to tackle these challenges responsibly and collaboratively.
Can Business Help Restore Truth in Public Discourse?
Paul Barrett, deputy director, NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights, and Vivian Schiller, executive director, Aspen Digital; former president and CEO, NPR; former head of news, Twitter presented a live virtual discussion entitled "Can Business Help Restore Truth in Public Discourse" on March 16. The conversation was moderated by Michael Posner.
The Role of Business in the Biden Administration's Sustainability Agenda
Tensie Whelan, Director, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business, and Jeffrey Hollender, co-founder & CEO, American Sustainable Business Council; co-founder, Seventh Generation presented a live virtual discussion titled "The Role of Business in the Biden Administration's Sustainability Agenda" on February 17. The conversation was moderated by Batia Wiesenfeld.
Polarization, Employee Activism, and a New Era for Organizational Culture
Jonathan Haidt (Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership) and Alison Taylor (Executive Director of Ethical Systems) presented a live virtual discussion entitled "Polarization, Employee Activism, and a New Era for Organizational Culture" on January 19. The conversation was moderated by Batia Wiesenfeld.