The pandemic has exacerbated existing social inequalities
Income disparities, urbanization and international migration are only some of the causes of social inequalities and poverty. In places like the United States, COVID-19 has disproportionally impacted people of color, and the pandemic’s consequences on healthcare systems and economies have exacerbated inequalities, worsening the access of already vulnerable populations to education, employment, housing and healthcare.
Growing recognition of systemic discrimination
There is still a long way to go, but movements such as Black Lives Matter show that society is increasingly addressing systemic racism, and more generally rejecting intolerance and discrimination. With society becoming more inclusive and equitable, companies are committing to more diversity and equity in their workforce in terms of culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, education and more.