Many corporate leaders are going to have to write a memo or statement now that the Supreme Court has struck down the landmark abortion decision.

abortion is a high-stakes issue for companies, which risk alienating workers, customers, suppliers, shareholders, and others by taking a public stance The majority of CEOs remained silent when the Supreme Court's draft majority opinion was leaked. Silence is not an option now that the case has been decided.

One of the most important moments in history where employers can demonstrate to themselves and the communities most impacted by the overturn of federal legislation protecting people's right to abortion who they really are is happening.

The stakes have been raised so quickly that it is necessary for CEOs to articulate their stance in a written memo or statement.

The Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage is a cultural and political issue and corporations cannot afford to stay out of it. Employees rely on their employers' benefits packages for abortions and aftercare, so companies that choose to stay silent do so at their own expense.

Top CEOs are having a hard time figuring out how to respond. The perfect memo regarding the potential reversal of Wade, abortion, and reproductive rights should be crafted by CEOs, according to Insider. The key components to include in a memo are alignment with core values, communicating in a timely manner, concise messaging, appropriate tone and the key components to include.

Align with your values 

A crisis memo needs to be drafted before leaders decide what to do. Thompson says that the most important thing CEOs can do right now is review their vision and mission statements and make sure they align with that.

The murder of George Floyd was a turning point in America. A case study in how leaders should address hot-button issues in alignment with their values was written by the CEO of Boston Scientific.

George Floyd's death shows deep divisions in our society. The CEO wrote that the executive committee felt compelled to affirm their commitment to live by their values and cultivate a workplace that makes equality, diversity and openness priorities. Thompson said that other CEOs should take note of his letter.

People are in trouble because of inconsistent messages. Thompson said that if you don't speak out on community-centered issues, you have done nothing to convince us that you are living your values.

Timely communication

Communication is important no matter where the company is located. "As a company, you and your communications management team want to have control of the message you're sending out."

Even if the stance is "We don't have a clear position at this point, we are looking into it", it's important to have a timely message and to be transparent with where you stand. She said that it's important that companies articulate their position quickly.

Clear, concise, upfront messaging

Memos should be concise and easy to understand. A memo should be at least one page. Do you want to cover two or three points? There are bullet points that can be very effective.

Your reader needs to make a decision based on the information in the memo. It's not a good time to add fluff, so be very careful with the information you include. You want to make sure that the information you share is what your audience needs.

Measured tone

Think carefully about how your words come across to your audience and use a tone that is appropriate to the information you are conveying. You don't want to hurt anyone with this issue. Bevins said that leaders need to be very caring with their messages.

When COVID-19 stay-at- home orders were lifted, companies faced a challenge of returning employees to work. Andy Jassy was able to meet the challenge by sending a company-wide memo explaining return-to-office plans.

Jassy wrote in the 850-word memo that they had never been through something like this before and hoped they never encountered it again. How will we allocate our time between the office and home when we go back to work?

When employees see a question that looks like a question they've been asking, they know that the CEO is hearing the voice of the employee. They think the CEO is aware of what's going on.

The company's mission and vision statements should be echo by the communications team. I try to come up with the same words in different languages. Thompson said that if people agree with your stance, you can say it's in line with your mission and vision.

Include key components 

Memos are divided into segments to make them easier to read. The critical components were outlined.

  • Heading Segment: To, From, Date, Subject. Be specific and concise in your subject line.
  • Opening Segment: Include the purpose, context, problem, and the specific assignment or task of the memo. 
  • Task Segment: Describe what you are doing to solve the problem. Avoid insignificant details.
  • Discussion Segment: Include all the details that support your ideas. Include solid points and evidence.
  • Closing Segment: Close with a courteous ending stating the action you want your reader to take. 
  • Attachments: Provide detailed data at the end of your memo (lists, graphs, tables, etc.).

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The story was first published in May.