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Execs are rethinking how to weigh in on social issues in the face of economic headwinds

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🗞️ Driving the news: Inflation in the U.S. has significantly increased household expenses, with a typical family spending $700 more per month compared to two years ago
• This economic pressure is impacting retailers like JCPenney, as consumers face tough spending choices

🔭 The context: Inflation is a major concern for CEOs, as indicated in a recent Fortune and Deloitte survey
Despite the U.S. economy's resilience post-pandemic, rising credit card debts and the end of the student loan payment freeze are adding to consumer financial strains

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The economic situation is influencing corporate strategies, particularly in addressing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues
• While the term ESG is becoming less popular, companies continue to strive for equitable and sustainable practices

⏭️ What's next: CEOs are navigating the challenges of addressing politically divisive issues and maintaining trust in their commitment to sustainability
• The focus is on authentic leadership and creating spaces for civil discourse within organizations

💬 One quote: "Yes, there is a lot of division and political winds that are shifting, but I actually believe there is a role for corporations and leaders of corporations to be truthful, to be authentic, and to maintain consistency in a changing world" (Mark Newman, Chemours)

📈 One stat: The annual funding gap in renewable energy investment is estimated at about $700bn a year to 2050, highlighting the need for corporate involvement in sustainable financing

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