A number of top executives and corporate executives gathered online this weekend to discuss what to do in response to changes to some state voting laws, according to a number of rumors.
The Washington Post reported that more than 100 executives, including CEOs of major airlines and retailers, plus at least one NFL owner, spoke of possible ways to show they were against legislation in Georgia that had already been signed. is currently being implemented in Georgia. considered elsewhere. That includes cutting off donations to politicians who support the bills and even delaying investment in states that adopt restrictive measures, said Alefrey Sonnenfeld, a professor of Yale management and co-organizer.
The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, said that Kenneth Chanolt, former CEO of American Express Co. և Kenneth Fraser, CEO of Merck & Co., is urging dozens of leaders to collectively call for greater voting. Chenault և Frazier warned companies not to leave the issue, և CEOs asked to sign a statement against discriminatory voting legislation.
According to the newspaper’s report, the new announcement may come earlier this week, based on a statement signed last month by 72 leaders.
A number of companies և their executives have raised this issue in recent weeks. While Republican lawmakers such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have ridiculed the move, many activists and others say big business has not advanced enough.
More than 350 different ballot bills are under discussion in dozens of states, according to estimates by the Brennan Justice Center’s Public Policy Research Center. The Wall Street Journal reports that some leaders called for some bills to be either racist or restrictive, with some calling their efforts “democratic” rather than partisan.
Although many companies have indicated their support for the announcement or further action, some remain reluctant to raise a politically charged issue.
One of the CEOs of a Fortune 100 consumer goods company told the Wall Street Journal that while board members, employees and vendors are pressuring executives to speak out, doing so could put a hint on the company.
“It is really a loss for the situation from a corporate point of view,” said the executive.