Supporting employee activism

Sydney Climate Protest, 19 Sep 2019. Photo: Marcus Coblyn

In September 2019, about 6 million people around the world took part in strikes and protests to demand urgent climate action.

In Australia, superannuation fund Future Super and PR agency Sling & Stone started Not Business As Usual, an alliance of companies publicly pledging to allow their employees to protest without fear of retribution. More than 3000 companies participated.

“They could take a long lunch, hold a day without meetings or shut up shop for the day. We wanted to help businesses stand in solidarity with the students during the Global Climate Strike, and allow employees to participate without having to choose between the planet and a pay cheque.”

From Sling & Stone case study

Did people from your organisation participate in the protests? How did you manage this, and what were the outcomes?

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