Syndicated comic “Dilbert” calls out environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies in a new series launched earlier this month.
“Dilbert” author Scott Adams announced the “tough race” in a September 15 YouTube video and said he was going to “destroy the ESG” or “take a chance.”
“We should start knowing that Dilbert thinks it’s ridiculous, and then people who also think it’s ridiculous will start retweeting it. And then the boss who’s responsible for it will start getting them emailed or printed out and slipped under the office door,” Adams explained. “Mockey is very powerful and mockery, in theory, could dismantle that.”
He added that he “can’t do it alone” and called on viewers to “amplify this and make it go away”.
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In a Dilbert comic panel on Tuesday, a character named Dave talks with his supervisor about improving his company’s ESG rating.
“Dave, I need to improve our company’s ESG score, so I’m offering you to be our CTO [chief technology officer]said his boss. “I know you identify as white, so that won’t help our ESG scores, but would it be too hard to identify as gay?”
“Depends how badly you want me to see it,” Dave replies.
“Just wear better shirts,” the supervisor replies.
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According to an August sustainability report by McKinsey & Co., more than 90% of S&P 500 companies and about 70% of Russell 1000 companies publish ESG reports in some form.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is considering new rules that would require more detailed disclosure of climate-related risks and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
In addition to Adams, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Andreesen Horowtiz co-founder Mark Andreesen have previously criticized ESG rules.
Additionally, conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation unveiled an anti-ESG campaign in September, saying the left is using the scores to pressure financial institutions and corporations into adopting progressive ideologies.
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Dilbert, which was first launched in 1989, appears in more than 2,000 newspapers in 57 countries and in 19 languages, according to Adams’ website. Adams told Fox News on Tuesday that the comic had been removed from 77 newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises.
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“It was part of a larger overhaul, I believe, of the comics, but why they decided what was inside and what was outside is not known to anyone but them. , I guess,” he said.
A spokesperson for Lee Enterprises did not immediately return FOX Business’ request for comment.