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Israel’s war with Hamas comes to corporate America

today 10/20/2023
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella expressed his sadness and heartbreak over the terrorist attacks on Israel. Many companies have taken a stand in various social and political issues, sometimes benefiting their bottom line. Most companies tend to avoid getting involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the severity of the recent attacks by Hamas has compelled some companies to speak out. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a professor at Yale School of Management, believes that staying silent shows cowardice and undermines a company's corporate character. In support of Israel, Microsoft, Google, Disney, and several banks have made public statements or donations. However, some organizations have taken a cautious approach, facing backlash for their statements. Lior Susan, a venture capitalist, argues that not taking a stand is still taking a stand, and companies need to demonstrate moral clarity and leadership during the Israel-Hamas war. Richard Griffiths, a communications consultant, highlights the complexity of the situation and suggests that companies should prioritize easing the humanitarian aspect of the conflict. It is crucial for companies to consider the expectations of their stakeholders before taking a stand, and once a stand is taken, they should remain committed to their convictions.
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