Democracy Is Good for Business: The Business Case for Political Reform
Is business an enemy or ally in the fight for a truly representative democracy? Most businesspeople and elected officials understand that the current unstable, ineffective political system in the U.S. hinders economic progress and competitiveness, and distracts from other challenges facing this country. Constant warfare between the political parties is bad for business and it’s bad for all Americans. The business community can be a powerful ally in protecting democratic institutions by making the economic case for reform. This discussion will focus on the role individual business leaders and companies can play in advancing reform by encouraging upgrades to the way elections are administered, funded and protected. In addition, panelists will discuss the potential for corporate social responsibility initiatives to become part of the broader movement to strengthen representative democracy. And, last but not least, the session will explore how a well-functioning democracy, (e.g., high voter engagement, fair redistricting, greater transparency on election spending) positively impacts business.
Join to learn how business interests are aligned with the public interest in having a well-functioning democracy, what business leaders are doing to advance reforms, and how your company can support bipartisan reform efforts.