Business and Democracy

About the Project

 

From the Ukraine to #MeToo, #BlackLivesMatter and many more cultural and political issues, business can’t duck its relationship with democracy. Society increasingly expects businesses to take a stance and governments want to outsource many of their responsibilities to the corporate world.

It goes deeper though. Against a backdrop of the 2008 crash, the austerity that followed it and now the cost-of-living crisis, populism swirls around.  Democracy itself is being questioned and eroded – this is not good for business. But at the same time new forms of democracy are emerging, as the spirit of the age and new technology informs greater citizens participation.

So, there are three pressures on business:

  • To manage external democratic and political issues
  • To play a part in ensuring we have a healthy democracy fit for the 21st Century
  • And, to reflect internally the demand for greater stakeholder voice and in so doing reap the rewards.

The essential question in all this is – how do we negotiate rather than impose a better future for all?

Jericho works within and across all these spaces, helping clients understand and navigate these fast-flowing currents. We are also looking to establish a Business and Democracy Commission, to get to the heart of what’s happening, why and how business should respond.

 

For Further Information, please contact:

Neal Lawson, Partner
Becky Holloway, Programme Director
Rebecca Perrin, Content Manager

Articles

Business and Democracy – the need for a fresh approach

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on 19th July 2022

A new Commission designed to get to the heart of what’s happening, why and how business should respond. The...

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Is now the time for business to reconsider its relationship with Democracy?

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on 10th June 2022

Business and Democracy have had an ambivalent relationship. If Democracy is seen to be politics, business has taken the...

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Business & Democracy: Reflections on a colloquium held on 18 May 2022

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on 1st June 2022

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of virtue. They discourse like angels but they live...

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Business and Democracy – the need for a fresh approach

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on 1st June 2022

Business and democracy have a chequered history.  Business has both underpinned and undermined democracy. In pre-war Germany some of...

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Further Reading

A selection of interesting pieces from those involved in the project and beyond. Feel free to contribute.

Some companies’ political donations fuel voter suppression. Shareholders are pushing back

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on 6th September 2022

Shareholders are pressuring some of the largest American corporations to account for political spending that may be aiding voter...

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Young adults have dramatic loss of faith in UK democracy, survey reveals

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on 22nd August 2022

Report says sidelining of parliament by Tory government has further eroded trust in political system. You can read the...

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Building Trust to Reinforce Democracies

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on 25th July 2022

Measuring, understanding and acting to reinforce public trust will be essential for the economic recovery, to address climate change...

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Business leaders need to speak up for democracy

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on 4th July 2022

Are American business leaders ready to defend democracy? If you look at recent opinion polls, the answer might seem...

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Proxy wars on corporate ‘wokeness’ are actually about something else…

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on 16th June 2022

In this article Denise Hearn argue sthat concentrated private power and the decline of democratic agency are at the...

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Business Can’t Take Democracy for Granted

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on 1st June 2022

The fact that millions of Americans see nothing wrong with attempting to overturn the results of an election by force...

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Democracy might be in crisis. But autocracy certainly is

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on 1st June 2022

“Crisis of democracy” is a cliché of our time. But what about the even more consequential crisis of autocracy?...

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