The protests over recent deaths catapulted longstanding issues of racism and injustice to the fore of our national conversation. As dozens of companies took the unprecedented move to speak out against police brutality and affirmed that #BlackLivesMatter, employees and consumers moved to hold these companies 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) programs for answers but found few. Some companies had recently downsized DEI programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and reassigned DEI professionals to focus on managing the shift to a virtual workforce.
DEI programs 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, starting from this moment of crisis.