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CPRT Expert Dialogue: Re-thinking Business’ Role in U.S. Polarization
August 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm EDT
Re-thinking Business’ Role in U.S. Polarization and How CPR Can Help Companies Respond
Thursday, August 5, 2:00-3:15pm EDT
Mark Mizruchi, Robert Cooley Angell Collegiate Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan
Business leaders across the U.S. are increasingly alarmed at the destructive effects of political polarization, in their communities, in their interactions with state, local and federal government, and increasingly, among their employees. As these executives consider how to best respond, firms must wrestle with several critical questions:
- How has business approached civic and political engagement differently over time, and what can companies learn from that today?
- How might we define CPR (corporate political responsibility)? When should firms step in and when should they step back?
- How can investing in the common good and practicing CPR help companies navigate the current minefield, especially around polarization?