How the Fair Labor Association Promotes a Living Wage for Workers

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By using a consistent methodology to measure workers’ compensation, we now have a baseline to understand how far we need to go to reach a living wage. In today’s globalized economy, large companies increasingly outsource production to…

The U.K. Government’s Sweeping Amnesty Proposal Is Seriously Flawed

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The scope of this proposal, regarding the Troubles in Northern Ireland, is far more extensive than the amnesty law adopted by General Augusto Pinochet in Chile in the 1970s. Last month, the British government announced a sweeping and ill-considered amnesty…

How Biden Can Take His National Action Plan for Business Seriously

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In its interaction with the business community, the National Action Plan can help the Biden administration shape what the President means when he promises to build back better. Last month, as President Biden’s European trip took center…

How Biden Can Boost Human Rights in Egypt

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The United States needs to stand with true democracies. In its first 100 days, the Biden administration renewed its focus on human rights. After years of internal debate, the United States declared Turkish attacks in Armenia a century…

Why Corporate America Should Oppose the National Effort to Suppress Voting

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American corporations have been great beneficiaries of our two-century-old democratic experiment. As Republican politicians in states across the country move to restrict voting rights, corporate leaders are faced with an uncomfortable choice.…

The Real Test for McKinsey After Rejecting CEO Kevin Sneader

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McKinsey’s pitch is that it helps clients compete at the leading edge of business innovation. It should apply this model to its own operations. Last month, McKinsey’s 650 global partners turned down CEO Kevin Sneader’s bid…

It’s Time the U.S. Linked Egypt’s Military Aid to Real Reform on Human Rights

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It is time to alter the formula that grants the Egyptian government an almost-automatic yearly extension of funding without conditioning aid on tangible progress on human rights. Ten years ago, Hosni Mubarak was forced to relinquish power…

How Business Can Boost Human Rights in 2021

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The ghost of Milton Friedman still haunts corporate America and his outdated model. Few will regret the passing of 2020, a year headlined by a global health crisis, profound economic distress, and high-profile examples of racial inequality.…

4 Pillars of Business Integrity from the World Economic Forum

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This time last year, I traveled to Dubai to participate in the Global Future Council on Transparency and Anti-Corruption. The World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils are an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder network, grouped into…

How Tesla Should Combat Child Labor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Elon Musk recently announced that Tesla plans to manufacture 20 million electric-powered vehicles by 2030. His bold growth target dovetails with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he will propose that his state…