Jan 16, 2018

BlackRock's ultimatum to CEOs: Help society or else

BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP via Getty Images

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink will send a letter to business leaders Tuesday informing them that their companies must contribute to society if they want to receive support from his firm, according to the NY Times.

Why it matters: BlackRock is the world's largest investor with more than $6 trillion in assets under management.

Key quote: “Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose,” Fink writes in the letter. “To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society.”

The NY Times' Andrew Ross Sorkin adds: "It may be a watershed moment on Wall Street, one that raises all sorts of questions about the very nature of capitalism."

What's next: Fink says he is hiring additional employees to help monitor how companies respond to his appeal.

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Netanyahu says July 1 deadline for West Bank annexation won't change

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday at a Likud Party faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, that his July 1 deadline for starting the process of annexation in the West Bank will not change, according to people in attendance.

Why it matters: The White House and the State Department have stressed over the last few weeks that the deadline set by Netanyahu is "not sacred" to the Trump administration — and that any discussion of annexation needs to be in the context of renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina if capacity reduced

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President Trump threatened in a series of Monday tweets to move this summer's Republican National Convention from Charlotte if North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, doesn't allow the event to be held at full capacity.

The state of play: Mandy Cohen, the state's health and human services secretary, said last week that the GOP should "plan for the worst" as mass gatherings will be a "very big challenge" if the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to increase, per NPR.

The wreckage of summer

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We usually think of Memorial Day as the start of the summer, with all of the fun and relaxation that goes with it — but this one is just going to remind us of all of the plans that have been ruined by the coronavirus.

Why it matters: If you thought it was stressful to be locked down during the spring, just wait until everyone realizes that all the traditional summer activities we've been looking forward to are largely off-limits this year.