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On February 25, 2021, the Acton Institute will hold “Business Matters: Certain Principles for Uncertain Times.” This year, Acton has chosen to host its premier event on business entirely online.

We are in the midst of volatile times. Between civil unrest, political turmoil and a prolonged pandemic, we have seldom seen a more uncertain time for our businesses and for the world. Business leaders are being tested by switching to remote work, closing and reopening offices, adjusting to the changing needs of clients, laying off employees and preparing for policy changes under a new presidential administration. 

Living in these heightened times, it seems like the only thing that unites us is the general agreement that business is important. And so, we need specificity on why the business sector is vitally important and how to ensure businesses, big and small, continue to play a role in sustaining free and virtuous societies. Accordingly, we have chosen a slate of influential business leaders and entrepreneurs to address topics such as:

  • Principles to lean on in volatile times
  • Moral challenges for business leaders in 2021
  • Business and public policy
  • How businesses can be part of the solution

To address this broad chasm in understanding the role of business, we invite you to participate in Acton’s upcoming conference, “Business Matters: Certain Principles for Uncertain Times,” February 25, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET). Join a virtual audience from across the globe as leading experts and CEOs discuss the current challenges for businesses and equip you with principles to lean on as you navigate these uncertain times.

John Mackey

Featured Speaker: John Mackey

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, has built the natural and organic grocer from a single store in Austin, Texas, in 1978 into a Fortune 500 company, which went public in 1992 and was purchased by Amazon in 2017. Today Whole Foods Market is a top U.S. supermarket with more than 500 stores and 95,000 team Members across the U.S., Canada and U.K.

While devoting his career to helping shoppers satisfy their lifestyle needs with quality natural and organic foods, Mackey has also focused on building a more conscious way of doing business. He was the visionary for Whole Planet Foundation to help end poverty in developing nations; the Local Producer Loan Program, which provided $25 million in low-interest loans to help local food producers expand their businesses; and the Global Animal Partnership’s rating scale for humane farm animal treatment.

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