Singapore’s Role in Advancing Corporate Systemic Responsibility

The following was written by His Excellency Ashok Mirpuri, Ambassador of Singapore to the United States. This feature can be found in our recently launched Corporate Systemic Responsibility Report. To download the report and read other testimonies, click here. Global commerce, trade, and investment are the main features of the Singapore economic narrative, linked to an open, connected, and effective global economy. Singapore’s external economic priorities have been able to bring together capital based on the rule of law, protect intellectual property, and attract global talent and entrepreneurship. In Singapore, global multinationals, including many U.S. companies, have created jobs,...

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Best Practices in Corporate Funding and Seeking Investment Opportunities

The following contributions are written by Michael Stroik, Vice President of Community Relations at 3M, Asha Varghese, President of Caterpillar Foundation, and Dr. Vivian Greentree, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Corporate Citizenship at Fiserv; President, Fiserv Cares Foundation. These testimonials can be found in our Meridian Corporate Council Highlights portion in our recently launched Corporate Systemic Responsibility Report. To download the report and read other testimonies, click here. Michael Stroik | Vice President of Community Relations, 3M “In many ways, the trends we are observing in philanthropy reflect the trends in our broader society. We are pushing...

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Creating the Next Generation of Corporate Diplomats

The following was written by Gina Adams, Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at FedEx. This feature can be found in our recently launched Corporate Systemic Responsibility Report. To download the report and read other testimonies, click here.  At FedEx, keeping the world connected — in good times and during periods of great need — is who we are and what we do every day. With a network serving more than 220 countries and territories, and more than 570,000 team members, FedEx has a strong interest in public policy and issues that affect the global economy, our...

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The Evolving Role of the CEO and Responsibility of Business

The following was written by Lisa Osborne Ross, CEO of Edelman U.S. and member of Meridian Board of Trustees. This feature can be found in our recently launched Corporate Systemic Responsibility Report. To download the report and read other testimonies, click here. I am an optimist, and that position has at times felt hard to maintain throughout 2020 and 2021. Over the past 18 months, our society has weathered challenges that, imagined five years ago, would have crushed our spirits in mere anticipation. But, for those seeking a silver lining, consider this: We may be divided and fractured, but...

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IVLP Fosters Collaboration as part of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative was originally conceived during President Obama’s administration with the stated goal “to underscore the critical relationship between broader educational opportunity and greater regional prosperity.” The initiative’s central objective is to increase study abroad opportunities between the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Over the years, Meridian has worked on multiple projects aimed at building stronger cooperation through this initiative. Most recently, an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project focused on Expanding Sustainable Education Partnerships engaged eight higher education leaders from four Latin American countries exploring future linkages with U.S. educational institutions....

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