Our Commitment to Racial Equity

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ACCP has set a multi-year goal to create a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable corporate citizenship sector that will improve the efficacy of corporate investments in racial equity. This section of our website chronicles our journey towards this goal and highlights useful resources and guidance for corporate citizenship professionals.

Summer 2021

ACCP held the virtual Advancing Equity Summit on June 23–24, 2021.

Effectively incorporating racial equity in social impact is quickly becoming a top priority of corporate citizenship practitioners. In the midst of the racial reckoning in the United States, consumers and employees alike demanded action and in response, companies expressed their commitments to racial justice across their business lines. One of the most visible demonstrations of public statements in action is credible work in the community.
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ACCP partners with CECP, Council on Foundations, and Points of Light to host another peer discussion on "Racial Equity Progress" June 16, 2021.

This closed-door virtual convening, designed for corporate social responsibility and philanthropy leaders and their cross-functional business colleagues, provides an opportunity for open discussion with peers on the successes and challenges businesses are facing as they continue their journey to further address racial inequities. Where are you seeing the most progress? What have been the on-going challenges? How have your changes been received by stakeholders?

Winter 2020/2021

Racial Equity: Moving Companies from Promise to Action takeaways

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ACCP partners with CECP, Council on Foundations, and Points of Light for a virtual event, Racial Equity: Moving Companies from Promise to Action.

Designed for corporate social responsibility and philanthropy leaders and their cross-functional colleagues from across lines of business, the event brought together diverse perspectives from thought leaders representing academia, business, nonprofits, and philanthropy.

ACCP releases the blog post “Commemorating Black History Month in 2021.”

This Black History Month, racial justice is at the forefront of our social conscience and dialogue and, while equity, diversity and inclusion has surged to the leading topic of interest among CSR professionals, we know that more work is needed to create social justice within our companies and communities.

ACCP reinforces its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

As ACCP celebrates Black History Month and reflects on 2021’s theme of “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” we are looking inwards to our family of staff and members to ensure our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion remains steadfast and true.

Fall 2020

ACCP holds three conversations under the Racial Justice Dialogue series and shares takeaways from the series.

Dr. Nika White, a national authority on issues surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion, with experience facilitating conversations on sensitive topics like these for over 20 years, led three sessions with ACCP members. The first session was designed for mid-level CSR practitioners and focused on how corporations can and should influence racial justice and the issues around systemic racism. The second session was designed for emerging CSR leaders and discussed how individuals can address racial equity issues, navigate difficult conversations and engage on a personal level. The final session was designed for senior CSR leaders and focused on how they can work to drive their company forward and ensure their c-suite understands the actions a corporation needs to take to move their recent statements into action.

Summer 2020

ACCP releases its statement denouncing racism.

ACCP creates its Racial Justice Resource Center.

This resource center provides racial justice tools for corporations and grantmakers.

ACCP publishes the blog post ACCP Introduction to “Open Letter to Corporate America – What Now?”

Corporate citizenship leaders are continuously told to “make the business case” for budget, a seat at the leadership table, internal programming, and more. Aiko Bethea’s letter, while written to business, academic, and philanthropy leaders, provides a strong argument for corporate citizenship professionals to start thinking about how to make the case that their department can have an integral role in helping reevaluate their organization’s internal pillars, structure, and support.

ACCP publishes the blog post “COVID-19 and Racial Injustice – How Corporations Can Help, According to Dr. Anthony Fauci.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke to business leaders in a US Chamber of Commerce Foundation webcast. In conversation with Chamber president Suzanne Clark, Fauci presented his thoughts and responded to questions about the unique need for corporations to help curb COVID-19, address racial inequity in healthcare, and support public health.​