Businesses Are Pushing Back Against The Left’s DEI Measures

Private businesses are fighting back against the left’s radical “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) measures, with the implementation of such initiatives waning compared to previous years.

The Daily Caller reported that American businesses with a DEI budget reached 54% in 2023, thus far, marking a four-point decrease from 2022, when such a budget achieved 58%. The consulting firm paradigm reported that the DEI strategy of various businesses fell by nine points in the same period.

The left’s DEI campaign gained traction shortly after the death of longtime criminal George Floyd, who died of a fentanyl overdose in May 2020, as reported by American Greatness.

“After two years of unprecedented investment sparked by 2020’s racial justice movement, this year, global momentum around DEI slowed,” Paradigm reported. “There are a number of headwinds contributing to this shift: the first is economic uncertainty that not only led to reduced spending across the board, it also firmly shifted the power balance back to employers.”

Although DEI in private businesses has steadily decreased since 2022, Paradigm reported a six-point increase in the number of companies that hired senior executives to oversee DEI implementation. The consulting firm added that there was an eight-point increase in the number of companies that prioritized hiring women.

Since 2022, about 20% of companies engaged in hiring non-White employees, marking a 4% increase in such a practice.

Given DEI’s radical purpose, many Americans have boycotted companies that adopted such an initiative, such as the Los Angeles Dodgers, Bug Light, and Target. Some Democrats have voiced their concern about whether the practice can continue following the Supreme Court’s decision in 2022 to overturn affirmative action in colleges and universities across the U.S.

“Over the past several months, we’ve heard from a number of HR leaders who are de-emphasizing data and analytics as a part of their DEI efforts, in response to the changing legal landscape and increased scrutiny on DEI efforts,” Paradigm report states.

“Perhaps counterintuitively, this is the exact wrong approach: companies that want to make progress on DEI and mitigate risk should actually be making data more central to their DEI efforts,” the report adds.