Global Insights: America’s War on Democracy
If companies avoid getting involved in the fight to defend voters from suppression, “there may be financial costs in terms of brand value, given that the majority of Americans believe that the right to vote is a fundamental right,” Jeffrey Siminoff says.
As legislators across the country introduce hundreds of bills restricting voting access, pressure is mounting on corporate America to publicly speak out and defend historically marginalized voters from suppression.
While some companies may deem this a political issue and avoid engagement, RFK Human Rights’ SVP Jeffrey Siminoff argues that “most organizations are already involved in the political process in other ways, whether through trying to influence tax policy or another issue that affects their business. Here there’s an opportunity to influence legislation that has a material impact on the rights of the people who are working for you and who are helping to make your business successful.”
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