“We have come to the conclusion that sitting on the sidelines is not good enough”

Sounds like Unilever boss Paul Polman, on sustainability and policy, right?

It's not though.

It's David French, the top lobbyist at the US National Retail Federation, talking about the current US political situation, in this fascinating NY Times article, which you must read.

Here's why, in a few select quotes, which tell the story better than I could:

My roundabout analogy below may be weak, but you get the intention
"Some of the country’s most influential business executives have come to a conclusion all but unthinkable a few years ago: Their voices are carrying little weight with the House majority that their millions of dollars in campaign contributions helped build and sustain"

"Their frustration has grown so intense in recent days that several trade association officials warned in interviews on Wednesday that they were considering helping wage primary campaigns against Republican lawmakers who had worked to engineer the political standoff in Washington."

More, here.

What does this all mean for future business lobbying around sustainability and corporate responsibility issues? It is too early to tell, but things are getting more interesting. 

If the Tea Party/Koch twins have less influence on business, what hope is there for action on climate change and myriad other issues that the Republican right hate but business is keener for action on? Climate is one issue, immigration is another, level playing fields on CR issues, such has transparency and human rights or corruption may be others.  

It's too early to say this is a turning point in how US business supports Republican party politicians, but it's definitely a roundabout. We just don't know which exit is going to be taken, if you'll forgive my glib analogy. 
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