The initiative launched on June 12th, 2017.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. A unique coalition of more than 1,400 CEOs have signed on to this commitment, agreeing to take action to cultivate environments where diverse experiences and perspectives are welcomed and where employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. All the CEO signatories of the commitment serve as leaders of their companies and committed to implementing the pledge within their workplaces, or where companies have already implemented one or several of the commitments, will support other companies in doing the same.
Yes. As part of signing on to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, CEOs are committing to implementing all of the elements within the pledge.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ was collectively formed and is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, P&G and PwC.
We are inspired by the number of organizations that want to sign onto CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge and join our collective efforts. Our desire is to welcome as many different voices and perspectives as possible in an orderly manner that will allow for knowledge sharing and greater collective potential contributions. We are responding to all requests and signing new signatories in waves to maintain measured growth of the coalition, its goals and collaborations over time. We hope this strategy will help us stay true to the goal of establishing a firm foundation for a knowledge sharing platform that can be cultivated to foster even greater collaboration with time.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ assembles the largest collection of business leaders from various industries openly committing to sharing successful diversity and inclusion initiatives as well as lessons learned to share with the collective business community.
No. We are committed to advancing inclusion of all employees and making them feel supported in the workplace, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability status, veteran status, or other aspect of diversity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion are multifaceted issues and that we need to tackle these subjects holistically to better engage and support all of our employees, our communities and our stakeholders.
As part of this commitment, signatories have agreed to dedicate their time and resources to advance diversity and inclusion efforts both within their companies and as a part of this coalition to benefit society as a whole.
CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ signatories are taking four essential actions.
We recognize that companies are at different points in their diversity journey. Companies that currently are not implementing some or all of the elements of the pledge can use this as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so in order to apply that to their company in the most effective and meaningful way. Companies that are already implementing some or all of the actions can use this as an opportunity to drive greater engagement within their own programs, contribute best known actions as well as mentor others.
Rather than prescribe the creation of specific tools, each company is asked to foster environments, platforms, or forums with their people and organizations in mind. Through our unified hub, CEOAction.com, companies can share best known actions on how they are doing this.
We are the largest corporate exchange of best known actions around diversity and inclusion. This unified hub, CEOAction.com, provides companies with a platform to easily share successes and challenges with one another. We believe by sharing successes and actions that were ineffective, it will help companies learn from each other and more effectively implement meaningful tools, programs, and strategies within their companies.
Collectively, the companies in CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ manage millions of employees, and have seen the benefits of effective educational programs. We have made the blind spot video series available, free-of-charge, to enable them to offer it within their respective organizations. These resources can be found on the “Actions” section within CEOAction.com and at the website www.pwc.com/us/blindspots. Additionally, the Check Your Blind Spots unconscious bias tour has been expanded with tech-enabled, experiential elements and online resources to identify and mitigate unconscious bias. In conjunction with the tour, individuals can commit to action through a personal pledge, “I ACT ON,” to act on driving more inclusive behaviors in their everyday lives.
Experts tell us that we all have unconscious biases that manifest themselves in various aspects of our daily lives. Unconscious bias education is a way for individuals to begin recognizing, acknowledging, and deconstructing any potential blind spots he or she might have, but was not aware of previously. By giving employees at all levels access to these insights, we aim to facilitate more open and honest conversations that will support inclusion throughout our organizations. As leaders of some of America’s largest corporations, nonprofits and academic organizations, we recognize that such education is an important necessary step, because unconscious bias, by its very nature is hidden. But we also recognize that such education, while necessary, is not a sufficient step to create change. That requires constant vigilance and proactive efforts to create equal opportunity and access.
Companies from nearly 85 industries have signed on, giving the signatory group additional unique perspectives on how to develop comfortable environments for our employees to thrive. These CEOs are excited about the pledge and want to make sure that their companies are diverse and inclusive of all employees.
Success, to us, is centered around knowledge sharing and collaboration across signatories. This is why we will be focused on using our unified hub to easily share successes and challenges as well as continue to expand our list of signatories to draw in even more perspectives and experiences from the workplace. The hub measures the efforts’ reach and impact by capturing many of the best known actions that are shared across companies who visit the site for more information about diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
By signing on to CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, CEOs are committing to implement all of the elements within the pledge. This includes implementing and expanding unconscious bias education and sharing best known actions via a unified hub. To track their progress against these actionable commitments, our goal is to have each company create accountability systems within their own four walls and share regular updates with each other in order to catalog effective programs and measurement practices.
The “I ACT ON” pledge is a personal pledge that any individual can take to commit to mitigating any unconscious biases, and act on driving more inclusive behaviors in their everyday lives. Accessible via CEOAction.com and the Check Your Blind Spots Unconscious Bias tour, the pledge is a tangible opportunity for employees, students and members of our communities to work with CEOs to address the diversity and inclusion challenges at large.
Actions people can take to live up to the “I Act On” pledge include:
CEO Action for Racial Equity is a fellowship that provides the opportunity for CEO Action signatories to advance racial equity through public policy. Fellows will identify, develop and promote scalable and sustainable public policies and corporate engagement strategies that will address systemic racism, social injustice and improve societal well-being. Working together, the fellows will focus full-time on policies pertaining to the four foundational elements of society (1) education (2) healthcare (3) economic empowerment and (4) public safety.
This year, we have learned more about the experiences of Black people in our offices and our communities and it has become ever clearer that the need for change is great, and it is urgent. CEOs have to be leaders on antiracism and address social injustices in a consequential way -- not just in our workplaces, but in society. In June, we evaluated new opportunities to make an impact and identified that there was not currently an effort by business leaders to address societal racial inequity in the public policy arena specifically, so we decided to launch CEO Action for Racial Equity.
The fellows will identify and assess current policies in four key areas: healthcare, education, economic empowerment and public safety, and then recommend how existing policies can be amplified, changed to meet its intended purpose or propose new policies. Fellows will review policies through four key criterias: impact, effort, risk and status.
The fellowship is the largest business coalition aimed at advancing racial equity through public policy. It brings together the business community across industries and regions to enact change.
The commitments within CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ are the first in a series of actions the group plans to take in order to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. The signatories will build on the set of initial commitments and roll out additional ones, as appropriate.