Diving in to another topic from our 2021 World Changers report, Elle Bradley-Cox explores the rise of activism.
Switched on, tuned in, politically aware. Woke. Every generation has its own expression for activism. Whatever you call it, 2020 was one of those landmark turbulent years when it took an angry and bloody leap forward. Being locked down made us wake up.
A year on from the death of George Floyd, and in the wake of Sarah Everard’s murder, political scandals, social unrest and a burgeoning climate crisis where black, minority and indigenous communities are disproportionately affected, how much has really changed? We may be louder at vocalising the injustices we see in the world, but it doesn’t stop them happening.
And as the slow pace of change and reform causes our frustrations to mount, we often look to our employers, hoping to see them throw their considerable power and weight behind the causes we care about. Too often, they’re found wanting.
Elle Bradley-Cox joins head of client experience and D&I champion Russ Norton and senior writer and sustainability maven Jacey Lamerton to answer the question, can we really ban this politics from the factory floor? And should we keep the status quo as we pretend to embrace all views? Or no views at all? Whatever we decide, internal communicators are in the seat of power.
Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness at EY
00:22 Intro to the episode.
01:50 Roundtable with Elle, Russ and Jacey, exploring the rise of employee activism.
26:05 A conversation with Sally Bucknell, EY, about amplifying social justice in the workplace.