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.
An Open Letter Opposing House Bill 544 to:
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:
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 The now-rescinded federal executive order that this bill seems to emulate was rightly opposed by business groups including the US Chamber of Commerce.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||
|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|