The international conversation that has occurred in response to the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others have led organizational leaders — both within HR and outside it — to reckon with the impact that systemic racism and discrimination have had on their workplaces and the communities they serve.
Employers have responded in many different ways. Some issued statements denouncing Floyd's death, supporting protests or initiating reviews of corporate branding, among several other decisions. Some have specifically focused their lens on talent development, recruitment and diversity and inclusion efforts. Employers have witnessed top executives leaving or stepping down to make way for more diverse hires, and a few intend to tie leadership pay to D&I outcomes. Even small businesses are making their voices heard through partnerships and resource networks.
Sources who've spoken to HR Dive in recent months have emphasized the importance of transparency, communication and empathy in addressing the protests and their aftermath. To assist readers as they plan to move forward on these issues, we've gathered all of our reporting on employer responses to the ongoing protests against systemic racism and police brutality.