How is the conference week, helping towards diversity, inclusion, and equity?
The COVID-19 pandemic and the constant social and political issues have created a big sense of urgency for many companies to work toward fighting against social injustices and inequality. The Forum’s Platform for Shaping the Future of the New Economy and Society has established a high-level community of Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers. The community will develop a vision, strategies, and tools to proactively work on the recovery and shape inclusive change in the economy and society.
As businesses and companies emerge from the crisis, they have now the opportunity to ensure that equity, inclusion, and justice are the “new normal” and fight against exclusion, and discrimination related to race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and all other forms of human diversity.
The forum has developed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, to outline the practical opportunities that this new technology represents for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts while describing the challenges that come with it.
There are some partners that are doing something about these social issues:
PepsiCo: PepsiCo will expand the company’s black managerial population by 30% by 2025, adding more than 250 black associates to managerial roles. The company will double its spending with black-owned suppliers, create more jobs for Black creators at its marketing agencies
PayPal: diversity and inclusion at PayPal, including internal programming, community engagement, and university and high school recruiting, pro-bono engagements, and public advocacy initiatives.
Apple: According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, the tech company will focus on education, economic equality, and criminal justice reform.
Verizon and Uber: They are donating millions combined to organizations working towards police reform in the United States.