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Business leaders implore Senate for common-sense gun laws

Business leaders from some of the nation’s best-known companies sent a letter to Senate leaders urging an expansion of background checks to all firearm sales and stronger “red flag” laws. The letter, urging the Republican-controlled Senate to enact bills already introduced in the Democrat-led House of Representatives, is an unprecedented effort by the business community…

Facebook and Google face state-level antitrust investigations

Fifty state and territory attorneys general have announced new investigations into the market power and corporate behavior of big tech companies. Delivered from the steps of the United States Supreme Court by a bipartisan group of state officials, this is the latest action adding momentum to the scrutiny already underway by federal watchdog agencies and…

Purpose of a corporation – PR or needed change?

The Business Roundtable, a lobbying group made up of the nation’s leading CEOs, recently announced they are the changing the definition of the “purpose of a corporation.”  Rather than focusing solely on delivering value for shareholders, the new edict is that a corporation’s actions benefit all stakeholders, including shareholders, as well as its employees, suppliers, customers, and communities.  Lunchtime Conversations:  In 1970 Milton Friedman wrote, “The discussions of the…

Kroger and Walmart take action on guns

Kroger has asked shoppers to leave their guns at home and endorsed laws strengthening background checks and red flag laws designed to keep guns out of the hands of people designated as potentially dangerous. The action follows a declaration by rival Walmart, saying it will stop selling military-style assault rifle ammunition, discourage customers from openly carrying guns…

Opportunity zones and co-working spaces join forces

Opportunity zones were created to spur development in distressed neighborhoods. But developers in some areas are having a tough time finding tenants for their properties. It turns out that another rising trend in commercial real estate, coworking spaces, creates a viable combination.  Lunchtime Conversations: How can the combination of opportunity zones and co-working spaces be an…

Hong Kong protests challenge business integrity

The Hong Kong protests are forcing companies to choose between supporting their employees’ desire to speak out on civil rights and freedoms versus their allegiance to Beijing. The Hong Kong protests began in June 2019 as a targeted demonstration against a controversial extradition bill that could send Hong Kong residents to mainland China to be tried in court,…

Natural gas becomes the climate battleground

Some shale drilling companies want consumers to know that their natural gas was sustainably fracked. Many of companies behind the US shale boom are moving to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, toxic wastewater and other environmental impacts tied to fracking, amid mounting investor pressure over climate change.    Lunchtime Conversations: How can energy companies validate their claims of…

States to launch antitrust probe of Big Tech

At least 20 states are preparing a joint antitrust investigation of big technology companies and will add to the scrutiny of the federal investigation already underway. The new investigation involving state attorneys general is expected to be formally launched as soon as next month.  The regulators’ focus is likely to be on Google, Facebook, Amazon, and…