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Date: March 25

Exclusive to ESG Center Members

From LGBTQ equality to Black Lives Matter, and from gun rights to gun control, companies have been asked to take public positions on social issues, but the process for doing so hasn’t always been clear or consistent.

In this roundtable, we discussed how companies decide whether, when, and how to take a stand on social issues – including who is involved in raising and deciding the company’s stance; the criteria used in deciding whether and how to respond; how companies ensure that there is appropriate follow-through; and lessons learned from 2020 and what companies are doing differently in 2021.

The roundtable provided an opportunity for a candid, confidential discussion of this topic under the Chatham House Rule. It was exclusively open to members of the ESG Center and culminated in a report: Choosing Wisely: How Companies Can Make Decisions and a Difference on Social Issues.

To learn more, please send an email to ESG Center's program manager Merel Spierings, at  


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