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Ethics and Leadership News

March 5, 2012

Down with Lobbyists! Or Not?

The brutal fact is that spending money on lobby groups often pays off for companies. Gillian Tett of the Financial Times discusses insights from the Business and Politics conference.

Why are businesses spending $3.5 billion a year on lobbyists? Can companies afford not to invest in lobbying? The truth is that lobbying, more often than not, pays off. Gillian Tett of the Financial Times, who moderated the afternoon discussion at the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center's recent conference on "Business and Politics: Which Drives Which?", explores the role of lobbyists and how these connections pay.

See the Financial Times article here.

Have Capitalism and Democracy Been Captured by the Elite? Business and Politics Before the Crisis
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Researchers Look at the Relationship Between Business and Politics
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How the Business of Politics Has Affected Business in America
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Panel Discussion: Broader Perspectives
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Financial Innovation: A Risky Business?

Watch the trailer for our interactive debate exploring the value of financial markets, the interaction between government and innovation, and what role markets should play in society.

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This event was presented by Fred Friendly Seminars in partnership with the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, and was part of Columbia Business School’s Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum.

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2014 Klion Forum

When: April 15th, 2014 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Where: 3022 Broadway
Calder Lounge, Uris Hall (1st Floor)
New York, NY 10027

Register Now >

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Join Ms. Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup, and Ms. Ellen Kaden, chief legal and government affairs officer of Campbell Soup, for a fireside chat moderated by Professor Bruce Kogut on board governance and maintaining high ethical principles in a competitive market.

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Featured Video

With rapidly changing consumer tastes, many food companies are looking to expand their markets at home and overseas. How does an iconic American company stay relevant?

Featured Research

The Small Worlds of Corporate Governance
Identifies "structural breaks" — privatization, for example, or globalization — and assesses why powerful actors across countries behave similarly or differently in terms of network properties and corporate governance.


Program Brochure

View the Bernstein Center brochure, Ethical Challenges in Business