If your customers and clients are diverse, then your own employees and leadership must be too if you hope to serve them effectively. Ethisphere’s contributors discuss the benefits of an intentional diversity and inclusion program, as well as concrete steps to advance inclusion within your company and measure your efforts.

AARP: COVID-19 and Equity – A Test of Organizational Character

By |2021-04-14T16:26:14+00:00April 14th, 2021|Corporate Purpose, Equity & Social Justice, World's Most Ethical Companies Insights|

AARP has been working to promote the health and well-being of older Americans for more than sixty years. And, last year, when the COVID-19 pandemic invaded our lives and threatened the health and financial security of millions of Americans, we faced unprecedented challenges. Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP. Photo credit: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. ...

World’s Most Ethical Companies: IBM – Obed Louissaint

By |2021-04-15T23:42:19+00:00April 12th, 2021|Equity & Social Justice, World's Most Ethical Companies Insights|

Obed Louissaint SVP, Transformation and Culture International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) Information Technology Services “Our connection to social justice is jobs,” wrote IBM’s SVP of Transformation and Culture Obed Louissaint in a recent LinkedIn post. He’s repeating a sentiment that IBM’s executives have voiced for several years, including in this magazine. The ...

Placing Trust in Business Leaders to Make a Difference

By |2021-02-05T00:20:32+00:00February 5th, 2021|Corporate Purpose, Equity & Social Justice|

Tim Erblich, Chief Executive Officer, Ethisphere “The arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” This quote, popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is my favorite. It is optimistic and has the audacity to consider that goodness will prevail. We are starting a week that celebrates the birthday of ...

Fostering Change with the Equity and Social Justice Initiative

By |2020-12-11T19:43:32+00:00November 5th, 2020|Equity & Social Justice|

We’re all in this together, and together we can drive meaningful change. For many, this hopeful statement may fall flat, and for good reason. Many have had to endure lifelong injustice and bias. This pain magnified by recent events is enough to discourage even the most strong-willed. But, in talking with a few senior leaders ...

MetroHealth: A Plan for Measurable Permanent Change

By |2020-11-05T20:08:24+00:00November 4th, 2020|Equity & Social Justice|

This time feels different. Yes, we’ve all said that before. After Michael Brown, after Trayvon Martin, after Charleston, after Charlottesville. After all the other stark and undeniable reminders of the racism that’s been baked into American culture and law for 400 years. But this time, it needs to be different. And I think it will ...

ACC: Legal Should Lead on Diversity

By |2020-11-04T20:31:10+00:00November 4th, 2020|Equity & Social Justice, Legal and Regulatory|

2020 has been a year unlike any other. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see society attempt to come to terms with pervasive social and racial injustice. The public is increasingly looking at how businesses are reacting to these unique and complicated issues. The quality of a product or the health ...

SoftBank: Opportunity Fund for Minority-Owned Startups

By |2020-11-04T20:13:34+00:00November 4th, 2020|Corporate Purpose, Equity & Social Justice|

In June in response to Black Lives Matter and the global reckoning on race, numerous companies announced major initiatives to help close the gap with Black and minority communities and try to redress lingering inequities. Perhaps no company’s initiatives had quite the same dollar amount attached as SoftBank’s $100 million Opportunity Fund of venture ...

AT&T’s David Huntley: Making This Time Different

By |2020-11-03T00:56:00+00:00November 2nd, 2020|Equity & Social Justice|

At a glance, my coming-of-age story isn’t unlike many of yours. But at a deeper look, it’s strikingly different. My story begins in San Antonio, Texas during the American Civil Rights movement. The son of a proud father and a doting mother, I believed that the world was my oyster as long as I worked ...

Disability Inclusion: Moral & Financial Imperative

By |2020-07-20T23:26:01+00:00January 24th, 2020|Boards and Governance, Equity & Social Justice|

The year 2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the landmark passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, building on the language and framework of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to make disability status a protected class in the United ...

Personalization & Data: Preparing for the Workforce of the Future Takes New Approaches

By |2019-12-06T21:19:36+00:00December 6th, 2019|Employee Engagement, Equity & Social Justice|

U.S. Bank’s Chief Human Resources Officer Ismat Aziz is on a mission to blend the art of personalization and the science of data to provide a best-in-class employee experience at U.S. Bank—both for current employees and for the workforce of the future. She knows well the importance of providing a customized experience for employees’ ...

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