The era of businesses being able to operate as apolitical entities — and the days when customers and employees expected them to do so — have passed. Over the past couple of years, corporate chiefs have become more vocal, and more emboldened in their opinions. CEOs have announced racial equity and diversity initiatives, condemned the Capitol riot, recognized Juneteenth as a holiday, opposed state-level voting legislation and “bathroom bills” targeting transgender individuals.
So corporate governance experts don’t expect these same CEOs to remain silent in response to a new Texas law that puts a near-total ban on abortions.
“I’m confident that corporations and corporate leaders will eventually rise to the occasion on this outrageous infringement of the constitutional rights of millions of American women,” said Norm Eisen, a Brookings Institution senior fellow in governance studies who studies this intersection of business and politics.