The new coalition will empower business leaders to advocate for American democracy

As free and fair elections face unprecedented threats, employers recognize that a strong economy needs strong democracy.

In a new Morning Consult poll, employers say companies should support American democracy, and that customers should support them.

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2022 / PRNewswire / – A coalition of employers and organizations announced today Business and Democracy Initiativea new partnership aimed at protecting the integrity of our elections and restoring confidence in democratic institutions, because a strong economy needs a strong democracy.

The founding partners of the Business & Democracy Initiative are key entrepreneurs and advocates: the Black Economic Alliance, the Leadership Now Project, and Public Private Strategies. Leaders of the American business community see democracy and voting rights as economic issues. According to a study by Freedom House, 45 of the world’s 50 companies operate in a democracy. The Business & Democracy Initiative will engage business leaders to change the dialogue about our democracy, drive corporate change, and secure the next generation of American prosperity.

New research Morning Consult, on behalf of the Business & Democracy Initiative, demonstrates that the business community wants to be active in supporting American democracy, and will support their clients. The results show:

  • 96% of employers say that a well-functioning democracy is “important” for a strong economy.
  • 80% of employers believe that companies should act to protect democracy and ensure safe and fair elections.
  • 51% of employers say that their business is more likely than five years ago to encourage employees to take a pro-democracy stance or speak out, or to take a public stance as a business.
  • 64% of consumers say a business with a public commitment to democracy shows that the business cares for its customers, cares for its employees and has the right values.

“With our nation’s democratic system under greater stress than ever before, the business community is a critical voice in the struggle to preserve our free, open and democratic system.” he said Rhett ButtleCreator of Private Public Strategies. “We believe that strong democracy is the foundation of a dynamic and inclusive American economy, and we will work with actors at all levels of business to advocate for reforms that strengthen our democracy.”

“Employers across the country are concerned about the health of our democracy. They understand that our economic dynamism depends on a responsible and responsible government.” said Daniella Ballou-Aares, CEO of the Leadership Now Project. “The Business & Democracy Initiative will provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge and platform to address issues – start preventing electoral crises and expand citizen engagement – and ensure a strong economy for future generations.”

“As companies continue to have an impact on the American public, they have a growing responsibility to proactively care for and protect American democracy,” he said. David ClunieExecutive Director of the Black Economic Alliance. “Through the Business & Democracy Initiative, the Black Economic Alliance and our partners will help the business community use its ever-expanding reach to strengthen the integrity of our democracy, which is necessary for an inclusive and sustainable economy for all Americans.”

Read the full survey report and learn more about the Business & Democracy Initiative at businessanddemocracy.org ➡

About Public Private Strategies
The Public Private Strategy (PPS) creates opportunities where the public and private sectors meet. We bring together diverse allies, including foundations, associations, corporations, small businesses and entrepreneurs, to address serious societal challenges. Leveraging the power of the private sector, we form coalitions, activate campaigns, and create strategic partnerships to drive the desired policies and market outcomes. More information here www.publicprivatestrategies.com.

About the Leadership Now Project
The Leadership Now Project is an organization of members of business and thinking leaders committed to long-term solutions to the renewal of American democracy. Leadership Now has four guiding principles that transcend political parties: protecting democracy while it is renewed; promoting fact-based and evidence-based policy; creating an economy that works for all, and embracing diversity as a commodity. In 2019-2021, the organization has focused on threats to the foundations of democracy, including low voter turnout, gerrymandering, and the impact of money on politics. You can follow LNP on LinkedIn and Twitter at @LeadershipNP. More information here www.leadershipnowproject.org.

About the Black Economic Alliance
Black Economic Alliance Black is a coalition of entrepreneurs and allies to promote the economic progress of the black community through public policy, promotion, and engagement with government and business. Led by a council that includes executives from the media, finance, pharmacy, nonprofit and various technology sectors, the BEA uses its collective power and business power to advance policies that will improve the work, wages, and wealth of black Americans. More information here blackeconomicalliance.org.

SOURCE The Business & Democracy Initiative

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