The heightened feelings of social injustice following the death of George Floyd in the US together with COVID-19 and the economic downturn disproportionately affecting certain communities and demographic groups, have raised the issues of systemic injustice and inequality to the boardroom table.
This intensified awareness is driving critical conversations in boardrooms today: Is the company doing enough –using its financial resources, making its views known to policy makers, engaging in public/private partnerships -to make real and lasting changes to stamp out social injustice and inequality. Is the company leading by example “walking the walk” by driving diversity, equality and inclusion throughout the business, including in the boardroom?
These are not new questions, but the events of 2020 have clearly given diversity and social justice a new urgency. We examine the key considerations to ‘Tackling inequality in the boardroom’.