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Promising immigration initiatives for US southern border: Biz leaders’ early-investments response to US Call for Action

How it began (May 27 , 2021): Biden Names Harris to Work with Central America on Migration  – “plunging her into one of the most politically fraught issues facing the White House.”   How it’s going: (December 13, 2021) VP Harris announces company investments in Central America   Of special significance: This private sector early embrace of […]

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Americans should annually commemorate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol

We rightfully commemorate existential attacks on America – of course,  the 9/11 national shock and trauma; and, many decades ago, December 7th, 1941, famously, the “day that will live in infamy.” But January 6th 2021 stands alone as the unprecedented,  violent internal assault on American democracy itself. The attack on the U.S. Capitol,  as well as its […]

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Students urge social impact courses; Higher Ed “gets it’ on ESG education

‘There’s been an explosion of interest from students.’ – Todd Court, lecturer on sustainability at the Yale School of Management. That’s one of the money quotes in the Jenny Gross New York Times sweeping update on demand for environment/social/governance (ESG) courses at U.S. universities, “Business Schools Respond to a Flood of Interest in E.S.G.”. https://nyti.ms/3FIqf6e . Not […]

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What I learned/shared during the fifty year evolution of the”CSR” acorn into today’s Sustainable Development/Stakeholder Capitalism

Perspective: The evolution of corporate social responsibility – and therefore, capitalism — over these five decades reflects companies’ growing engagement with major social issues as integral to a successful business model: I. The Zeitgeist  1970s: “If there was only some way to marshal the resources of the business community and the Establishment and apply them […]

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New Book on Global Public Relations Free to Educators, Students

WESTBURY, NEW YORK (September 1, 2021) – Published today, free for public relations educators and students: “Global Public Relations in The Roiling Twenty-Twenties … Confronting Disinformation, Serving a Sustainable Society “ is a compact alert and summary of major issues of this turbulent decade and the relevance of public relations principles and practice to address them,” […]

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A successful CSR model : Link social responsibility, shareholder value, stakeholders to keystone: human dignity

Hubert Joly directed the Best Buy turn around with an approach to business that “takes human dignity as a starting point”.  To the surprise of many analysts, he turned Best Buy around. His next goal is to get business to be more socially responsible. Link: “Hubert Joly turned around Best Buy. Now he’s trying to […]

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In Independence Day afterglow: Will America sufficiently sustain its democracy to have a 250th anniversary celebration in 2026?

  How tragically ironic: As Americans bask in the afterglow of our Independence Day holiday, and some doughty patriots even begin to organize for the country’s 250th anniversary in 2026, democracy is in great duress in the U.S. and in many parts of the world. The fragility of U.S. democracy is both immediate and long […]

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Open Letter to Natl Assn of Secretaries of State – Urgent: Protect our voting. Defend election poll workers. Sustain NASS members’ election authority

  The U.S. Senate’s vote defeating the proposal to debate the For The People Act adds urgency to the need to protect voting in this country. And so, I write as an active voter in New York State to express my great concern about the future of U.S. elections and, therefore, the security of American […]

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“Pragmatic idealist” Samantha Power takes over USAID humanitarian aid for vulnerable countries, people

In nation-to-nation public relations there is public diplomacy, within it “soft power” – then there is also “really soft power“, humanitarian aid to vulnerable countries and their people. It is too often disparaged with sarcasm  (“boiling the ocean”, etc.) but over decades it has been the salvation for many millions of vulnerable people around the […]

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JPMorgan extends freeze on donations to anti-election lawmakers. Others punt: “thoughts /prayers” statements

Voting matters. It matters for legislators, shareholders and, of course, for the citizens of a democracy. So, this recent Reuters headline, and its implications, should now resonate in American society: “JP Morgan freezes donations to Republicans who contested 2020 election” https://reut.rs/3pw1hjW The Chase statement freezing support of anti-election-lawmakers is both transparent and consistent with its […]

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Senator Mitt Romney will vote “Yes” to establish an independent January 6th Commission

  Remember January 6th, 2021? This will help: January 7th, 2021 headlines:  https://bit.ly/3wm5kBz Some people want you to forget this. And there is new urgency to their efforts and the need to counteract them. Now, American public opinion in favor of a robust January 6th commission must vigorously support the formation of that commission. Nota bene: The Republican […]

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“Stakeholder Capitalism” – How Society is a “corporate stakeholder”

  Remember “Stakeholder Capitalism”? In August 2019 the U.S. Business Roundtable issued the “Purpose of a Corporation” in which it overturned its 22-year-old policy statement that defined a corporation ‘s principal purpose as maximizing shareholder return. In the 2019 “Purpose” statement, and an update a year later, the Roundtable declared that companies should not only […]

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WSJ, Economist columnists joust on CEOs taking positions on socio-political issues; CSR, PR experts opine

Seems as if almost everyone has a point of view on whether companies should “go public” with opinions on socio-political issues. But when The Wall Street Journal and The Economist offer conflicting positions on such a core issue of business in society (thankfully, not opinions on Business in Society) – that demands special attention. The issue at the […]

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News on global vaccinations: Rockefeller Foundation financing plan; scientists decry anti-vax power

Tectonic global socio-political forces are now in tension on the Covid-19 pandemic. The Rockefeller Foundation has just released, “a new roadmap for financing the end of the Covid-19 pandemic by the end of 2022”. (And, not incidentally, the plan “kick- starting a just and sustainable global recovery.”] However … This week, leading vaccine scientists were […]

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Stacey Abrams to companies decrying states’ voter suppression: Support the poor, students, others to get identification for 2022 ballots

“The floodgates are open … a slew of corporations have come out against voter suppression” Axios has reported. Axios was referring to responses to Georgia’s just-enacted voter restrictions, but by inference also to the wave of such restrictions in development in some 43 states across the country. Stacey Abrams, iconic Georgia voting rights advocate, offered […]

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