Business Values DEI

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility stands in opposition to House Bill 544, An Act Relative to the propagation of divisive concepts.  Our vision, New Hampshire will thrive when we engage the power of business and our people to build a sustainable and prosperous state for all, inspires us to stand together to achieve our best.  The ambiguous language of HB 544 may appear to be supportive of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), but its intent is to restrict businesses that contract with the state and organizations receiving funding from the state, from offering DEI training to employees as they deem appropriate.

We know that diversity and inclusion build workplace cultures that thrive because of the innovative ideas and supportive environment that are built on inclusion.  We invite businesses around the state to sign onto this letter and raise your voice in support of DEI training and in opposition to the restrictions within HB 544.

 

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An Open Letter Opposing House Bill 544 to:

State Representatives

State Senators

Governor Christopher T. Sununu

 

New Hampshire businesses have been challenged on many levels throughout the pandemic, but the resiliency, loyalty and creativity of our employees have been the critical factors in our ability to survive.   We believe that if enacted HB 544, An Act Relative to the propagation of divisive concepts, will have a chilling impact on our workplaces and on the business climate in New Hampshire, and we raise our voices in opposition to it.  Our experience has shown that:

  • Diverse and inclusive work environments support innovative thinking and problem solving.  We value the opportunities that arise from different perspectives and open-minded inquiry.  The success of New Hampshire businesses depends on the ability to attract diverse generational, gender and racial employee groups at all levels within our organizations and to do so, we must constantly work to create an environment that makes all our employees feel empowered in their roles. 
  • Our businesses, large and small, have seen that inclusive work environments dramatically increase employee retention, which directly impacts our financial bottom line. And yet inclusive work environments must be fostered, including enabling open and honest discussions about racism and sexism, implicit bias and how we can eliminate structural racism.
  • As a geographically small state, we constantly compete with neighboring states to attract the best talent.  Creating the image that New Hampshire is regressive and intolerant puts us at an economic disadvantage.
  • We value each of our employees and their diverse backgrounds.  We strive to foster an environment that lifts the human spirit to achieve their fullest potential within our workplaces and our communities.  This bill would diminish our ability to do so.

House Bill 544 is antithetical to all of these principles.  The now-rescinded federal executive order that this bill seems to emulate was rightly opposed by business groups including the US Chamber of Commerce. HB 544 would not only harm the ability of New Hampshire businesses to be competitive, it would severely harm the state's image as business-friendly, since it stifles the ability of organizations who do business with the state to foster diverse workforces as they see fit.

It is important to explore, inquire and learn from our past as we move to the future.  We cannot shy away from Diversity, Equity and Inclusion training.  It is critical to our understanding and ability to build strong workplaces.

We believe that New Hampshire is poised to thrive as we emerge from the pandemic.  HB 544 works to stymy our businesses’ brand image, our innovative spirit and economic opportunities.  We believe that HB 544 disadvantages our businesses and tarnishes New Hampshire’s future.

We strongly urge you, our elected representatives, to protect the state, its people, and its businesses from this dangerous and damaging legislation.

 

36 Creative Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Natural Dharma Fellowship Rights & Democracy NH  
603 Forward Deep Blue Compass Neighborhood Access Rippleffect Consulting LLC  
900 Degrees Dimetech, LLC NeighborWorks Southern NH Rooted by Stacey, LLC  
ABLE NH Educating for Good New Directions Collaborative RSG  
AGG Consulting Erin McCabe Wellness New Futures Sheehan Phinney  
Alexandra Chan Photography Fat Peach Farm, LLC New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts Sheldon Pennoyer Architects  
Allgood Strategies LLC Fidelity Investments New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility Shtudy
Altus Engineering Garland Mill New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits Slingshot Ent.  
Amoskeag Health Gibson's Bookstore New Hampshire Charitable Foundation SOS Recovery Community Organization  

Amy Conley Music

Global Round Table Leadership New Hampshire Community Loan Fund South Central Public Health Network  
Anastasia's Table, LLC Granite State Oral Surgery, PLLC New Hampshire Legal Assistance Southern New Hampshire University  
Ballantine Partners, LLC Granite United Way

New Hampshire Public Health Association

St. Joseph Hospital  
Bill Maddocks Consulting Greater Seacoast Community Health NH Womens Foundation Sterndale Strategic LLC  
Blasty Bough Brewing Company Hanover Co-op Food Stores & Auto Service Centers New Hampshire Youth Movement

Stonyfield Organic

 
Boloco Henry Whipple House New Sky Productions Stratus Telecom, LLC  
Bona Fide Green Goods Homefree, LLC Nixon Peabody Sunrise Labs  
Brown & Company Design Hvizda Realty Group Norris Cotton Cancer Center Sunset Hill Educational Institute  
Bruss Construction Management Hypersoft, Inc. Northeast Delta Dental Sustainable Futures Consulting  

C & S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.

Hypertherm, Inc. Northwood Congregational Church The Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies  
Caldwell Law Image 4 Organizational Ignition The Collector's Eye  
Canterbury Center Bed & Breakfast LLC JLA Analytics, LLC Owl & Pen LLC The Duprey Companies  
Capitol Area Public Health Network John Benford Photography LLC Partnered Success College & Life Skills Coaching The Edgewood Centre  
Carroll County Coalition for Public Health Lakes Region Community Developers PeopleSense Consulting The Front Door Agency  
Cayena Capital Management, LLC League of Conservation Voters Perform Well The Nutrition Counseling Center
Center for Women & Enterprise

Lucky's Coffee Garage

Performance Imaging, Inc. The University of New Hampshire
Chapel+Main Brewpub Luminta, LLC Petersen Engineering Timberland  
Cheshire County TV Mack Hill Riding Academy LLC Placework T.L. Hill Group
Cheshire Medical Center Mainstay Technologies Prime Buchholz LLC TOP Wellness Inc.  
Colby-Sawyer College MAKE Architects Prince Communications Tufts Health Plan & Tufts Health PLan Foundation  
Convergent Technical Solutions LLC Mascoma Bank Proximity Lab United Way of Greater Nashua  
Cornerstone Financial Planning MasterPeace Massage Rakowsky Meditation Velcro USA Inc  
Cornerstone Tree Care MAYO Design READ TO ME Literary Arts W.S. Badger & Company  
CUP OF JOE McLane Middleton, PA Reaching Higher NH Worthen Industries  
  Meridian Congregational Church Resilient Buildings Group, LLC Yahso Jamaican Grille  
  Mindful Making & Design ReVision Energy YWCA New Hampshire  
  Monadnock Food Co-op Richardson Media Group    
Bolded text indicates >100 employees        

 

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