I think there is some truth in ‘go woke, go broke’ - some eg see recent Bud Light fiasco.
Made me think: which company with a large conservative or middle of the road customer base is going to go woke next? Figure that out - then invest in their rivals eg Molson Coors shares seem to be doing well.
Disney under Chapek’s tenure
There does need to be some tempering of corporate rainbow washing, but on the other hand watching conservatives getting their knickers in a twist and pouring their piss water down the drain is pretty funny.
Anhauser Busch are the last company I’d think of as ‘Woke’, whatever that word is meaning today.
I do subconsciously avoid buying products from some companies that are particularly egregious Disney, Gillette, Nike, Virgin Atlantic and the like. I wouldn’t say I do it robustly enough to call it a boycott though and I don’t encourage others to do it, it’s a personal thing.
I would imagine if there are lots of people out there doing the same, it would have an impact on the bottom line. It’s hard to measure and specifically attribute to ‘going woke’ though.
My guess: it’s less about woke/broke specifically and more that the world is generally less stable and more political/politicised than it was 25 years ago. And that as a consequence younger generations will want and expect the brands they choose to express more of a political position, and companies will reflect that because it is a way to position yourself distinctively.
I think the people who would actually boycott a company for being “woke” are just a noisy minority. I don’t think most people care that much either way. I might be projecting a bit though. I don’t care and find it a bit amusing that the conservatives who delight in calling others “snowflakes” are the ones who have a meltdown about things that don’t really matter
I don’t buy/drink Bud Light cos it’s rubbish beer, not due to its advertising
Most outside of the internet culture war bubble (99% of people) don’t care which is why these grandiose boycotts always fail. The recent Harry Potter game boycott is also a good example.
So if the impact on actual ongoing earnings is negligible then that just leaves the stock price shock from the extensive media coverage. $6 Billion wiped off Anheuser-Busch in the Bud Light fiasco.
FTSE 100 company Unilever retreating from Woke nonsense in its business strategy???
Yes so true, Larry Fink went woke and BlackRock went broke!
Oh, no wait…
It is controversial but mainly because headlines carved out of populists arguments will likely be used to manipulate retail investors.
It’s a clever way to get swathes of people to buy or sell shares.