Legal Battles Over ESG And DEI In 2024

Legal Battles Over ESG And DEI In 2024

As the legal arena gears up for a tumultuous 2024, courts nationwide brace for a barrage of legal battles centered on the highly charged issues of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives. The future of corporate diversity policies, anti-pollution efforts, and the thorny matter of corporate greenwashing hangs precariously in the balance.

Legal Battles Over ESG And DEI In 2024 : Diversity Initiatives in Crosshairs

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in June 2023 against race-based admission practices at universities, conservative groups launch a series of legal offensives targeting diversity programs across various institutions. Led by legal activist Edward Blum, these groups argue that diversity initiatives, particularly workplace diversity fellowships, amount to racial discrimination. Blum, rallying under the banner of Students for Fair Admissions, aims to dismantle diversity programs, asserting that such initiatives violate Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866.