A striking feature of the “Black Lives Matter” protests in the U.S. has been their reverberations worldwide. Demonstrations have occurred in every world region: Europe (e.g., in the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy), Asia (Japan, South Korea), South America (Brazil), Africa (Senegal), the Middle East (Turkey), and Australia. The cross-border scope of social justice protests raises this question for organizations with a global presence: Are race and ethnicity universal issues that employers should be addressing with a common approach?
For multinational organizations that aim to provide equal opportunities for their employees in each country and contribute to social justice wherever they are located, this is a question that deserves a closer look — the answer they arrive at will be crucial in formulating a viable approach.
Our new Featured Insight, Global Dimensions of Race and Ethnicity, examines several key factors that shape both similarities and differences between countries, with specific country examples (the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Singapore, and Brazil), along with recommendations for companies that want to translate their values into specific actions and results.
Dr. Gundling has worked with numerous Fortune 500 firms and is a sought-after keynote speaker and executive coach. He has lived in Asia and Europe, including six years in Japan. Dr. Gundling holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Stanford University; he also serves as a Lecturer in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of six books, the latest titled, Inclusive Leadership: From Awareness to Action.