We live in a world of complex tensions that can have significant impact on our communities. But when we come to work – the place where we spend the majority of our time – we often don’t openly address these topics.
Collective action on diversity from the business community matters more than ever. By 2050 there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the US as traditionally under-represented groups become the majority.1
Research shows that diversity increases creativity and innovation, promotes higher quality decisions, and enhances economic growth.
1Cárdenas, V., Ajinkya, J. and Léger, D.G. (2011). Progress 2050: New Ideas for a Diverse America. 2Washington, D.C. Center For American Progress. United States Department of Labor. (2017). Persons with a Disability: Labor Force Characteristics Summary. 3United States Department of Labor. (2017). EMPLOYMENT SITUATION OF VETERANS — 2016. 4Desilver, D. (2016, September 1). 10 facts about American workers.
17.9% of persons with a disability were employed.2
million men and women were veterans.3
18.8% of Americans ages 65 and older – nearly 9 million people – are employed full- or part-time.4
What we're doing
The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. This commitment is driven by a realization that addressing diversity and inclusion is not a competitive issue, but a societal issue. CEOs recognize that change starts with them. With more than 150 CEOs of the world’s leading companies and business organizations, our goal is to leverage our individual and collective voices to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Our goal is to rally the business community together to take measureable action in advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Companies recognize that signing the pledge is the first of many important steps toward meaningful change. Contributing to and learning from the database of diversity and inclusion actions is another. In Fall 2017, we will hold a CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Summit to discuss best practices and learnings, develop additional commitments and welcome new signatories. With businesses anchored in almost every community across America, we have the opportunity—and responsibility—to play a meaningful role in such an important societal issue.