Exec comms pros, united

Suddenly, CEOs are collaborating, and communicating collectively. Their exec comms pros should be, too.

Something’s happening here.

Last week, more than 100 CEOs and former CEOs released a letter calling on Congress to pass long-term relief for small businesses.

And this week, CEOs of 27 major companies launched the New York Jobs CEO Council in order to collaboratively address systemic inequality. The initiative includes a pledge to hire 100,000 low-income earning people of color over the next decade. “These are well-paying jobs that will help New Yorkers gain access to economic opportunity and a path to the middle class,” said JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, a co-chair of the group, which includes the chiefs of Microsoft, IBM, Alphabet, Goldman Sachs and Amazon.

Before last year’s release of The Business Roundtable’s new Purpose of a Corporation, CEOs rarely banded together in this way. 

Now in the disorienting wake of George Floyd and the ongoing improvisation of the coronavirus crisis, CEOs are talking to one another constantly—and using their voices collectively.

Their communicators should be doing the same—and they are, through the Executive Communication Council, formed early this year by member organizations including Target, UPS, Verizon, AARP, Cox Automotive, Splunk, Marathon Petroleum and McDonald’s.

Learn about the Executive Communication Council, read its charter, and consider: Should your organization become a member? 

If you think so, then we should talk: david.murray@prorhetoric.com

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