America’s business leaders explain the cost of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

We founded Business Forward eight years ago with a simple idea: Business can leaders fix Washington if we bring Washington to them. Since then, we’ve helped more than 100,000 local business leaders brief mayors, governors, Members of Congress, cabinet members, and senior White House staff. These local leaders have made the business case for free trade, clean energy, sensible tax reform, smarter immigration laws, infrastructure investment, paid leave, and affordable health care. This past...

The Quiet Midwest Movement for Inclusion

In America’s heartland, “there is this quiet movement of folks who have come to the conclusion that immigrants can be a real catalyst for…the revitalization of cities and a competitive advantage,” said Welcoming Economies Global Network Co-Chair Steve Tobocman in a recent briefing with Business Forward’s national business leader network. “When regional economic development plans align with the assets that immigrants bring…that’s when we see change,” Tobocman, who also...

What Business Leaders are Saying: Creating Welcoming Economies

Later this week, I will join business and community leaders from across the country for a series of meetings in Louisville, Kentucky, hosted by Welcoming Economies. We will discuss how welcoming new immigrants has helped drive economic development and examine best practices for encouraging immigrants to choose a city as their new home. Before I go, I’d appreciate any advice you have – for other cities, businesses, or organizations – on what you’ve seen work well to attract immigrants to...

Business Leaders Tell Washington Intolerance is Bad for Business

More than 5,000 business leaders tell Washington to end religious discrimination With a Supreme Court decision on the “Muslim Ban” expected in this month, business leaders from across the country want Washington to know that intolerance is bad for business. In a joint statement organized by Business Forward, 5,000 business leaders said: “Intolerance isn’t just wrong — it’s bad for business. Yet Washington continues to push rhetoric and policies that target immigrants and Muslims....

American CEOs say foreign tourism is experiencing the “Trump slump”

Tourism from other countries is a one of America’s largest exports, but business was down by 3 million annual visits last year. Travel industry executives call it the “Trump slump.” Foreign tourism is America’s $236 billion export, supporting 2.5 million U.S. jobs. Foreigners spend $100 billion more each year visiting the U.S. than they spend importing our crops, meats, and dairy. They spend nearly five times more visiting the U.S. than they spend buying our movies, software, video...

CEOs Are Filling Leadership Gap on Religion & Tolerance

One year ago, President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, reasoning that “Islam hates us.” Recently, President Trump re-Tweeted three misleading, anti-Muslim videos from a hate group in the UK. His staff defended him, reasoning that it’s okay to endorse fake videos from crackpots because “the threat is real.” Compare this with George W. Bush, who, six days after 9/11, visited a mosque to make an...

The Business Value of Inclusive Workplaces

Today’s workplace thrives on innovation, empowerment, and an open dialogue. But what happens when social discord and discussion seep into the workplace, bringing with it polarizing views and sometimes intolerance? How are these trends affecting the workplace and how are organizations responding to this atmosphere? Bettina Deynes, Vice President of Human Resources for the Society of Human Resource Management, joined Business Forward for a conference call. She spoke about how business leaders...