More Businesses Talk Values in Trump Era

President Trump's immigration order has caused a dramatic rise in the number and kind of businesses that have issued statements about values. The shift includes companies that have rarely, if at all, made declarations about public policy. The tech sector, notably globalist and peppered with founders and CEOs who are immigrants and/or refugees, took the lead: Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook spoke up. Expedia, Amazon, Uber, Lyft, eBay, Etsy, Starbucks, and Airbnb also piped up. The “ban” also stirred the financial sector: Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank, BlackRock, and Morgan Stanley expressed a range of positions from opposition to wait-and-see “concern.” In the auto industry, Ford deplored the order while General Motors voiced support for employees who might be affected. Based on the administration’s MO of operating by broad fiat, it looks like business could be taking more public stands on more principles going forward.

John Howell, Editorial Director

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