The protests over recent deaths catapulted longstanding issues of racism and injustice to the fore of our national and international conversations. Many companies took the unprecedented move to speak out and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter, their employees and customers moved to hold them accountable for their role in perpetuating systemic racism and inequality.
In response to the suddenness and intensity of this pressure, corporate leaders looked to their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) programmes for answers, but found few. Some companies had recently downsized DEI programmes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reassigning DEI professionals to focus on managing the shift to a virtual workforce.
DEI programmes, as they exist today, aren't able to create the anti-racist companies employees and consumers want. To create truly anti-racist companies, leaders need to dig deeper. Here's a guide on how to; starting from this moment of crisis.