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3 savvy strategies to navigate the war on ESG and DEI

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: A bipartisan public affairs group reveals key findings on Republican and Democratic perspectives on diversity programs, offering corporate leaders strategies to navigate the contentious landscape of ESG and DEI amid political pressures

🔭 The context: Corporate ESG efforts have become politically charged, especially DEI, with recent Supreme Court decisions fueling partisan debates
• Companies face pressures from various stakeholders, striving to balance commitments without becoming political targets

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Effective navigation of ESG and DEI initiatives can lead to significant societal and environmental benefits, promoting social equity and sustainability while mitigating politicization risks

⏭️ What's next: Companies are advised to emphasize bipartisan agreement areas, showcase the impact of their initiatives, and prepare crisis plans that consider political vulnerabilities, ensuring cohesive and resilient communication strategies

💬 One quote: "By leaning into narratives that frame programs as tools to support people, companies can limit blowback and even build allyship with broader swaths of the American public," stated Lindsay Singleton and Gabrielle Donofrio, ROKK Solutions

📈 One stat: About half of both Democrats and Republicans believe DEI programs “were for show” or failed to actually increase diversity

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