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Nail on the Head Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts) and Cory Booker (New Jersey) teamed up on a report excoriating the meat industry over worker conditions and the coronavirus. Keep in mind that as a vegetarian, Mr. Booker is naturally disinclined towards meat packing and Ms. Warren is disinclined toward corporate America, having written a social responsibility bill that was described by Harvard University economics professor Jeffrey Miron as likely to help destroy capitalism. The most notable reaction to the charges by these two politicians comes from Smithfield Foods CEO Ken Sullivan. His sharp rebuke included: "the aggressive and accusatory tone of your letter suggests your offices have already formed conclusions...

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WPI’s team was retained by the governing board of a U.S. industry organization to review a decision, reached by vote, to invest significant assets into the development and management of an export trading company. WPI’s team conducted a formal review of this decision and concluded that the current level of market saturation would limit the benefits of the investment. Based on WPI’s analysis and recommended actions, the board subsequently reversed its decision and undertook a strategic planning effort to identify more impactful investments. On behalf of numerous clients, WPI has not only assisted in identifying strategic paths but also advised their implementation.

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