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Corporate activism from the CECO perspective

Katie Smith | July 25, 2018

In just the past few months, the business world has undergone serious, and necessary, change. Movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp, and #NeverAgain have elevated previously unheard voices and forced corporate America to reckon with issues long swept under the rug.

Companies responded with everything from official statements to policy changes to altered business models. These decisions were met with their share of controversy, but the choice to risk revenue for ethics was largely applauded. Beyond doing the right thing, it’s clear this new standard for ethical decision-making has concrete business ramifications.

What is less clear to the public is how these decisions are made, and by whom. CEOs and boards of directors have been hailed for their responsiveness, but I’d argue there’s another critical voice behind these decisions: the chief ethics and compliance officer. 

As a CECO watching this ethical transformation take root across industries, I can’t help but...

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