A Force for Change? CEOs Speak Out on Social Issues

Apple CEO Tim Cook (left) is one of an increasing number of corporate leaders who’ve been speaking out on controversial social issues. Taking a stand is critical for a chief executive, he has said, because “silence is the ultimate consent.” Columnist Gael O’Brien looks at what’s behind this trend and where it may go from here.

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Volkswagen paid huge government penalties in the U.S., but virtually nothing in Europe. Two things now seem clear: Some very senior officials knew of the wrongdoing — and they’re not likely to face meaningful prison time.