Once upon a time, CEOs did not comment on governmental regulations or policies other than those
that directly affected their industries or companies. The business of business was business, and
commenting upon non-business-related issues was anathema.
Nowadays, hundreds of CEOs have weighed the risks against the rewards of speaking out and
decided to speak publicly. They have spoken out on social, political, and environmental issues, such
as climate change, LGBT rights, equal pay, immigration, gun control, and race relations. Most of
these CEOs have been based in the U.S., but many lead global companies.