Vaccine Mandates and Corporate America's Role: Newell CEO Explains His Approach

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In an upcoming episode of Coffee With Katherine, Newell Brands  (NWL) - Get Newell Brands Inc. (NWL) Report CEO Ravi Saligram discussed how COVID-19 has impacted his company and its portfolio of brands.

With the Delta variant slowing down a return to normal despite vaccines being widely available in the United States, how is corporate America handling the pandemic?

Saligram said that masks play a huge part in keeping employees at Newell safe. However, when asked whether or not Newell would require vaccines, Saligram stated, "At this point, we're still evaluating [the need for vaccine mandates.] We feel that strong encouragement is continuing to pay dividends for us."

"We'll see and once, I think, these vaccines are permanently authorized, we'll see how that evolves. For now, we're strongly encouraging [employees to get vaccinated.] But, the masking, we've reinstated [mask mandates] as per the CDC guidelines," he continued.

The episode was filmed before the Food and Drug Administration gave the Pfizer  (PFE) - Get Pfizer Inc. Report vaccine full approval.

Newell Brands isn't the company that hasn't made a formal decision on vaccine requirements. Companies, such as Chevron, United Airlines, Bank of America, AT&T, and others have announced some sort of vaccine requirements. 

But many companies are going back to mask requirements rather than vaccine requirements to protect employees, customers, and others from COVID-19, per CDC guidelines.

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