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DJ Peterson President, Longview Global Advisors, Populism: The Significance for Investors and Companies
Populism is part of a long-term “political risk supercycle” says Longview’s DJ Peterson. After taking a "wait-and-see” position, investors and companies are starting to respond. Dr. Peterson will talk about the questions Longview clients are asking—regarding both markets and functions, such as location strategy, talent, brand, risk management, and corporate positioning.
Professor Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Tisch College of Civic Life, Traditions of Populism and Society
In many languages, “populism” or its equivalent is a pejorative term, referring to political movements that are authoritarian, make unrealistic promises, or define The People in narrow and exclusive ways. But there are also traditions of populism that emphasize diversity, freedom, and popular participation in self-governance. Arguably, these traditions of genuinely democratic populism represent the most powerful responses to authoritarianism, more promising than challenges by elites. If the best answer to authoritarian populism is democratic populism, what role should business and corporate leadership play?
Alison Taylor, Director, Business for Social Responsibility; Corporate Approaches to Risk, Responsibility, and Ethics
Large corporations have traditionally treated business ethics as primarily an issue of legal compliance, while sustainability teams focus on philanthropy, environmental responsibility, and reporting. However, public trust in business is at an historic low, and companies are increasingly asked to respond to stakeholder concerns over issues such as inequality, transparency, corruption, human rights, and climate change -- issues that make up the fabric of political risk. Taylor will examine current corporate approaches to these larger questions of risk, responsibility, and ethics, and propose some ideas for how they might evolve in future.