ADDED ON: 03/29/2019

Pinkwashing at a crossroads

03/28/2019 | Washington Blade

Pinkwashing is a relatively new phenomenon; it refers to the practice of corporations not living up to their purported promises with regard to LGBT rights. The assumption behind the moniker is some companies claim to be supportive of the LGBT community for purely commercial gain, without a tangible commitment to spurring progress. In the last decade, the leading strategists for corporate diversity and inclusion have come to understand pinkwashing as a potential challenge to their brands; one that requires attention to navigate its complexities. Recent analyses by Open for Business, an organization that works with brands to affect change in countries where gay rights are lagging, shows how concern surrounding pinkwashing is growing.

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