Racial Equity: Moving Companies from Promise to Action

To address the critical importance of racial equity and the impact companies can make in communities around the world, the nation’s leading corporate purpose organizations joined forces for a two-day virtual event in December 2020. The Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals (ACCP), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), Council on Foundations, and Points of Light were pleased to welcome corporate social responsibility professionals to “Racial Equity: Moving Companies from Promise to Action.”

Below are five recorded sessions from the event that are available to all.
ACCP members may access all recordings here.

A Movement vs A Moment

Edgar Villanueva
Founder and Chief Strategist, Decolonizing Wealth Project
In response to the national movement for racial justice, many companies issued statements of solidarity and made commitments to address racism internally and externally. However, sustainable change requires leadership over the long-term and companies have an important role to play.

Role of Companies in Addressing Racial Inequity

Darren Walker
President, Ford Foundation
Carolyn Berkowitz
President and CEO, ACCP
Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, has been outspoken about concrete actions companies can take to address racial injustice. In this conversation, he will discuss with a leading corporate CEO how these actions can be put into practice.

Accountability: Shifting Measurement and Evaluation

Michael McAfee
President and CEO, PolicyLink
Gwen Migita
VP Social Impact, Sustainability, Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Caesars
Naomi Morenzoni
VP Philanthropy Strategy, Salesforce
The journey from promise to action in racial equity requires a measure of progress for accountability. How do current forms of measurement need to change to reflect more equitable outcomes inside and outside of companies? Hear experts weigh in on what accountability looks like for businesses seeking to analyze their impact.

Update Your DE&I Playbook: Changing Systems to Address Racism

James White
Joan Williams
Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for WorkLife Law
Daryl Brewster
Dismantling structural racism within organizations requires culture change. The authors of the Harvard Business Review article, “Update your DE&I Playbook,” will discuss a four-component model for interrupting bias and changing the structures that reinforce racism.

The Internal Reckoning

Lori George Billingsley
Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, The Coca-Cola Company
Nzinga “Zing” Shaw
Global Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, Starbucks
Natalye Paquin
President & CEO, Points of Light
To earn and keep the trust of employees and customers, companies must first set an example of equitable policies and inclusive culture within their own organization. A journey towards equity must acknowledge uncomfortable truths and identify challenges and opportunities. In this session, two companies will share lessons learned throughout history and apply them to today’s work.

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