Black History Month is a time to recognize the many corporations that have increased their efforts to address systemic racism and acknowledge there are still many actions that must be taken to achieve meaningful change.
To help navigate DEI issues, ACCP has compiled resources and information for CSR and ESG professionals who want to make a difference daily.
Toolkits & Resources:
28 Days of Black History – Learn about Black history in 5 minutes a day
Solidarity with Black Communities and Systems Change – Giving Compass offers ways to learn more and get involved
Supporting the Black community at your company – Percent Pledge provides a toolkit on celebrating racial equity
Deloitte’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative Benevity’s Black History Month Activation Kit
Points of Light: 4 Ways to Listen and Learn Through Black History Month
ABFE Report: A Spirit of Unity: How Black Foundation CEOs are Advancing the Call to Action on Anti-Black Racism for Philanthropy
RespectAbility: Resources to Fight Racism and Unconscious Bias
ACCP Members Taking Action:
In addition to these resources, we are excited to highlight a few ACCP member companies that are advancing equity in their companies and communities:
Gilead Sciences: Toward Health Equity for Black People Impacted by TNBC (triple negative breast cancer)
3 Ways to Shape Equitable Outcomes Key Takeaways from the Medtronic Global Inclusion, Diversity & Equity 2022 Annual Report
Principal® Foundation to Sponsor EVERFI Black History Month Challenge
Truist Foundation Announces Where it Starts, a $22M Initiative to Support Small Businesses and Create Career Opportunities for Communities of Color
Home Depot to Expand Retool Your School program, aimed at beautification funding for HBCUs.
We encourage you to continue your education on systemic racism and resources to celebrate Black History Month. Please share the list below with your co-workers and staff.
- Get involved with an organization in your community that’s making a difference, such as Black Lives Matter or the National Black Child Development Institute.
- Donate to an HBCU or Black organization.
- Volunteer with NMAAHC, National Archives, or the Freedmen’s Bureau project at the Smithsonian
- Support the black media, black press, and the NNPA
- Stream a TV show or movie that showcases Black stories or highlights Black creators.
Continue Your Learning With the Following Resources:
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, DC
Southern Poverty Law Center
Perhaps most importantly, ensure diverse perspectives are part of the information you consume regularly. Black History Month may only last one month each year, but we must commit ourselves daily to achieving meaningful change by infusing equitable practices into our daily work.