This summary is provided by IPR based on the original study by Edelman. This report was featured in a recent IPR webinar.

Edelman examined individuals’ perspectives on how their place of employment handled social justice issues.

A survey of 2,000 U.S. adults was conducted from April 19-25, 2022.

Key findings include:

  • Respondents who worked for government or media entities and believe systemic racism exists in the U.S. said they do not trust their employers to do the right thing for racial injustice.
    • When broken down by race, trust in employers decreased across the board, the most being among Asian and Black respondents.
  • When employees think their organization is successfully addressing racism and racial inequalities, they were 40 percentage points more likely to recommend their employer to others for work.
    • Loyalty and commitment to the employer also increased 34 percentage points.
  • 18% of employees said they trusted the Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to tell them the truth about DEI in their organization.
    • 26% of respondents said they did not trust anyone to tell them the truth about DEI about their company.
  • 82% of respondents said they expected CEOs to respond to systemic racism.
    • 67% of people said they expected CEOs to do something about wage inequality.

Learn more about how employees expect businesses to advance racial justice

Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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