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Episode 13119th March 2024 • Authentic Leadership for Everyday People • Dino Cattaneo / Hoolibean
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When the line between corporate power and societal responsibility blurs, leaders must navigate the terrain with both integrity and strategic insight. Join me, Dino Cattaneo, as we traverse the complex world of leadership in the context of corporate social responsibility.

Unpack the history of businesses influencing politics, the essential nature of accountability, and why actions like those of Disney, Bud Light and Goya have sparked such intense debate. In a time where every silence and statement is amplified, we scrutinize the delicate balance companies must strike between being authentic and protecting their brand.

We talk about corporate advocacy, the current context, some of the pitfalls to avoid and we offer a set of questions and a framework that leaders can use to decide whether and how to engage in specific topics.


(00:10) - Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership

(08:16) - Corporate Advocacy in a Turbulent World

(17:55) - Decision-Making Framework for Social Issues

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Wikipedia: 2000–2001 California electricity crisis

IMD: The BlackRock Letter: a Turning Point for Real Change?

Bain & Company: Do ESG Efforts Create Value?

Aspen Institute: Three Takeaways on Corporate Advocacy

Arthur Page Society: Stakeholder Capitalism and ESG: A Guide for Communication Leaders

Wikipedia: Disney and Florida's Parental Rights in Education Act

New York Times: Behind The Backlash Against Bud Light (may require subscription)

CNN: Bud Light boycott likely cost Anheuser-Busch InBev over $1 billion in lost sales

FOX Business News: Bud Light sales down nearly 30% year over year as rivals continue to climb

KelloggInsight: How Much Do Boycotts Affect a Company's Bottom Line?

Arthur Page Society/David Grossman: CEOs Need a “re-do;” Dismal Communication on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, New Research Shows

Daivd Grossman Group / The Harris Poll study download: Study on Internal Communications of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Harvard Business Review: Alison Taylor - Corporate Advocacy in Times of Social Outrage (note: may require subscription)


Alison Taylor: Higher Ground: How Business Can Do The Right Thing In a Turbulent World

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