Dec. 13, 2020 3:26 pm ET
The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council met Dec. 8 during a tumultuous time in the U.S.—a pandemic and economic downturn, a divisive presidential election, trade relations upended, and the aftermath of broad public protest over racial and economic inequality.
What should be done? The CEOs had advice for the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden, a partial agenda for the nation through the lens of business.
Of the 282 global CEOs attending the virtual meeting, 116 broke into four task-force groups to address key issues the country faces. A Journal editor moderated each of the sessions with the understanding that comments wouldn’t be attributed so debate could be candid.
The CEOs weren’t shy about wanting a fresh approach.
First, they advised the incoming administration to find productive ways to re-engage with allies and international organizations. “Don’t pull up the drawbridges,” said one CEO. Other recommendations: Rejoin the Paris climate accord, revive America’s role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, bolster the U.S. commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and open the door wider to talented immigrants.