Big Corporates Align With Black Lives Matter Movement
What’s happening? Major US companies have spoken up for the Black Lives Matter movement following global uproar against the highly publicised death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. American brands typically stay silent on large political issues but Nike, Twitter, Citigroup, Netflix and others have made public statements since Floyd's death condemning racial injustice and police violence. Many other companies have updated their social media to show support for the cause but some such as YouTube were criticised for voicing their support as their past actions were believed by some to contribute to the problem.
Why does this matter? As an ESG-focused briefing often covering diversity and inclusion, we feel compelled to address the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd occurring across the US and in major global cities. Demonstrators have been seeking to draw attention to institutionalised racism and inequality, specifically addressing the deadly use of police violence that disproportionately affects the black community.
While, traditionally, corporates may have been able to avoid taking a public stance on political issues without facing criticism, the article above shows this may no longer be an option. Now, companies are not just being called on to voice their opinions, they are volunteering support.
BAME communities have always been, and continue to be, under-represented in the corporate world as well as the media. As such, we have opted to highlight BAME voices discussing current events, issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and solutions focusing on developing opportunities which appropriately foster inclusive workplace cultures.
Here is a brief, non-exhaustive reading list:
- America’s few black CEOs are speaking out on killings, protest, Bloomberg
- Silent no more on race, America’s CEOs fumble for right words, Gerald Porter Jr and Jeff Green for Bloomberg
- Affirmative action strengthens a meritocracy, Lewis Iwu for the Economist
- How businesses can engage BAME employees, Aisha Suleiman for HR Magazine
- Y Vonne Hutchinson: How tech should tackle diversity from the inside out, Wired UK
- The Root, a black-led publication focused on addressing social issues faced by the black community.
- The Voice, a UK-based, black-led publication focused on addressing current affairs from the perspective of black writers.
- The Huffington Post’s Black Voices, a section allocated specifically for discussion of current affairs by black writers.
- Refinery29’s Unbothered, a section allocated specifically for discussion of culture by black writers.
Nick Finegold is Founder & CEO of Curation Corp, an emerging and peripheral risks monitoring service.
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