The Role of the State Department in Responsible Business

The following was written by The Honorable José W. Fernandez Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment U.S. Department of State. This feature can be found in our recently launched Corporate Systemic Responsibility Report. To download the report and read other testimonies, click here. I thank the Meridian Center for this opportunity to share ideas on how governments, the private sector, civil society, and other stakeholders can work together to foster responsible business conduct. I appreciate the focus on the need for businesses to act responsibly in all their operations and practices, in addition to the outward...

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The Importance of Economic Diplomacy

The following was written by The Honorable Fred P. Hochberg, Chair of Governance and Nominating Committee and member of the 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. Harry Truman said, “Our relations, foreign and economic, are indivisible.” At the end of WWII, Truman understood that if America wanted to lead the post-war world, we had to do so on several fronts: militarily, diplomatically, and economically. We had to rebuild Europe and Asia, allies and foes alike. While cementing our...

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Business Engagement with Stakeholders and Multilateral Institutions

The following is a Q&A between Melike Yetken Krilla, Head of International Organizations at Google and the Meridian Corporate Council. This conversation can be found in our recently launched Corporate Systemic Responsibility Report. To download the report and read other testimonies, click here. You lead Google’s work with International Organizations (IOs) like the United Nations, the OECD, and the World Health Organization — why are IOs a priority for a company like Google? Whether it’s a global health pandemic, climate change, or developing solutions to benefit the health of the economy, many of the problems of our era can...

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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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