Continental, one of the world’s largest producers of components for passenger and commercial vehicles, is under increasing pressure from auto manufacturers to increase operational efficiency and visibility.
For more than 20 years, the Business Roundtable, a lobbying group consisting entirely of chief executive officers, has maintained that the primary mission of corporations is to serve the interests of their shareholders. Now the group wants the world to believe that it values other fundamentals as well.
Political turmoil in the United Kingdom over the terms of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union — Brexit — has injected great uncertainty into the plans of companies doing business there. U.S. retailers distributing throughout the EU from the U.K. are especially affected.