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Balance not bans: a case for diversity, equity, inclusion and choice

Written by:

Katie Mehnert

Equity in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time. 

68% of top talent say it’s important to them that their company take a stand on social issues. Roughly 7 in 10 respondents (69%) say access to reproductive health care, including abortion, should be part of the issues companies address when it comes to gender issues in the workplace.

77% of consumers consider reproductive health care (i.e., access to contraception and abortion) an important issue; 91% of Gen Z and 86% of Millennials say it is important. 

By a 2:1 margin, employed adults would prefer to live in a state where abortion is legal and accessible than where it is illegal.

The economic losses from existing abortion restrictions, including labor force impact and earnings, already cost state economies across the nation an estimated $105 billion annually.

Last week's decision to overturn Roe versus Wade has hit so many people and families across America.  We all know how divided people are on this issue, but it has massive implications for the workforce, especially commitments to equity and inclusion. 

We've come far in the energy workforce, but have a lot left to do. 

At ALLY Energy, we encourage crucial conversations, education, and most importantly, engagement to talk about these topics. The worst answer is to say nothing.  The relationship between employees and employers had never been more important than it is at this moment.  Companies do not need to define when life begins, however, we advise they align their policies, programs, benefits, and culture with diversity, equity, and inclusion commitments.

  • We support #DoNotBanEquality along with other energy companies. 
  • We believe in policies that enhance people’s health, independence, and ability to fully succeed in the workplace.
  • We believe that comes with balancing not banning.
  • We believe together, as allies, we can be a force for good and find common ground to help support individuals and families.
  • We believe that it's only through discussion and engagement we can truly find options.

How are companies and industries responding?

At ALLY, we sit at the intersection of energy markets, people, technology, and policy.  Our expertise is in building communities and a workforce rooted in the diversity of thought and inclusion.  We help by shaping workforce culture through thought leadership, capability building, and the attraction and retention of great talent.  We know the industry and have the insights and niche resources to bring organizations grappling with the new future of work.  If you're struggling with how to approach social and political issues that impact your workforce, we can help.   Get in touch.

Source:

BP, Shell to cover employee travel for treatment after Roe v. Wade

 

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