They discussed possible ways to express their opposition to the measure, which has been promulgated in Georgia.
United States- According to various news reports, several US executives and business leaders met almost over the weekend to define their reactions to changes in the election laws of certain states.
The Washington Post reported that more than 100 leaders including executives from airlines, retail and manufacturing companies-at least one owner of an NFL team-talked about possible ways to show their opposition to this measure. Measures have already been implemented in Georgia and other states in the United States are under review. Jeffrey Sonnefeld, a professor of management at Yale University and one of the organizers, said the plan includes suspending donations to politicians who support the bill and even delaying investment in states that pass such restrictions.
The Wall Street Journal quoted anonymous sources participating in the meeting and reported that former American Express CEO Kenneth Scheno and Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazer urged dozens of leaders to make a collective appeal. Get more chances to vote. Chenault and Frazier warned these companies not to let themselves go, and asked the CEO to sign a statement that they refused to accept what they considered discriminatory voting measures.
This new statement, which may be released this week, is in addition to the statement signed by 72 black executives last month after the change in Georgia’s election law.
Several companies and their leaders have raised this issue in recent weeks. Although Republican lawmakers such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized these actions, activists and other groups say that big companies are not doing enough.
According to statistics from the Brennan Justice Center, the Public Policy Research Center, more than 350 different voting initiatives are being considered in dozens of states. The Wall Street Journal reported that some executives who participated in the conference call described certain proposals as racist or restrictive, while others stated that their efforts were the foundation of democracy, not partisanship.
Although many companies have expressed support for making statements or taking other actions, there are still some companies that are reluctant to comment on this politically significant issue.
An executive of a Fortune 100 consumer products company told The Wall Street Journal that although various board members, employees and salespeople are urging leaders to speak up, doing so may expose the company to scrutiny.
The executive said: “From a corporate point of view, this is a win-win situation.”