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Are employers all talk when it comes to racial injustice?

June 23, 2021

By HR Reporter |

Eighty per cent of U.S. employees believe addressing racial injustice and equity is a central responsibility of a CEO and management.

However, more than a quarter say company leadership has done little to nothing to actively address these issues in the past year, according to a report from Benevity, a provider of corporate purpose software.

And 47 per cent have not seen or do not know if their company made any public commitments to address these issues in the last year while 30 per cent say their CEO has done little to nothing to address these issues since the murder of George Floyd in May 2020.

Overall, 26 per cent of employees believe their employer has fulfilled most of its public commitments.

“As business continues to be the most trusted institution in North America, the expectation has never been greater for companies to do more to tackle racial justice and equity — both inside and outside of the workplace,” says Kelly Schmitt, Benevity CEO.

“People are also looking to their employers to foster a sense of community where they can come together to process difficult societal challenges, make discoveries that enable them to grow personally and professionally, and ultimately adopt new behaviors and attitudes that can ripple out into the world to create broader cultural change. CEOs and corporate leadership simply cannot underestimate how important social and racial justice is to their people and the powerful role they play as role models for change.”

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