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22 Oct 2020

Author:
Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility

USA: Investors call on corporations to take action to support free & fair elections

Our purpose today is to highlight a significant social risk we believe demands the attention of every business leader: the threat to American democracy through the potential disruption of our upcoming election... [C]ollective action to ensure free and fair elections - perhaps our most fundamental and inalienable right - should be a priority for our government, for all business leaders, and indeed, for every citizen.

... We... urge you to endorse and communicate the following principles among... your employees, suppliers, customers, communities and shareholders, as well as to your trade associations, business partners and importantly, your local, state, and federal legislators:

  1. Active support for free and fair elections...
  2. A call for a thorough and complete counting of all ballots...
  3. A call for all states to ensure a fair election...
  4. A condemnation of any tactics that could be construed as voter intimidation...
  5. Assurance that, should the incumbent Administration lose the election, there will be a peaceful transfer of power...
  6. Ensure that lobbying activities and political donations support the above...

While the temptation for corporations to remain passive during these challenging times may be great, we believe that this is in fact a defining moment to exhibit leadership... [T]hose who choose to remain silent will likely be seen as complicit in the chaos.

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