Asia In-Depth Podcast: What Can Companies Do to Be Anti-Racist?
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, a wave of powerful protests, petitions, and boycotts aimed at dismantling racist systems have emerged. The movement has compelled individuals and institutions around the world to reflect on their own shortcomings, and consider the ways they can support racial equity and anti-racism. After decades of paying lip-service to diversity, business leaders are now facing pressure to act — and be held accountable.
In this episode of Asia In-Depth, we speak to one business leader who has embraced these changes in motion — Sonny Kalsi, the founder and partner of investment firm Bentall GreenOak and an Asia Society trustee. Kalsi and Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran recently spoke during the 2020 Global Talent, Diversity, & Inclusion Symposium. During the conversation, Kalsi discussed his upbringing in the southern U.S. as the son of Indian immigrants and how that has now informed his thinking on race, racism, and his commitment to fostering diversity at his company.