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DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) efforts are under siege. Here’s what experts say is at stake

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🗞️ Driving the news:  The recent departure of Harvard's first Black woman president has sparked renewed debate over Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in corporate America
• This controversy reflects a growing backlash against DEI, with figures like billionaire investor Bill Ackman and Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticizing it as "racist" and "illegal" in its implementation

🔭 The context: Since 2020 after George Floyd's murder, which led to widespread corporate commitments to DEI, companies have responded to racial unrest by creating new positions and expanding teams
• These efforts were part of a broader societal reckoning with systemic inequities, including in the workplace

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The debate on DEI is pivotal in shaping corporate culture and societal norms, specially as effective DEI policies have the potential to enhance workplace equality and societal cohesion
• Conversely, the backlash and criticism of DEI could lead to a rollback of diversity efforts, impacting inclusivity and representation in the corporate sector, which mirrors wider societal dynamics

⏭️ What's next: Recent data shows a decline in DEI job postings, suggesting a possible shift in corporate priorities
• This trend risks alienating employees and customers, potentially impacting workplace harmony and business success

💬 One quote: "DEI, because it discriminates on the basis of race, gender and many other factors, is not merely immoral, it is also illegal" (Elon Musk)

📈 One stat: Pew Research Center data reveals deep divides in American attitudes towards DEI, with 56% of employed American adults seeing it as positive, but only around 30% deeming workplace diversity extremely or very important

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