To 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.
CEO Action for Racial Equity is focused on improving the lives of the 47+ million Black Americans through advocacy and advancement of public policies that will root out and end systemic racism. Using CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion as a platform, our Fellowship is the first business-led coalition of its kind with a mission to advance racial equity through public policy.
86% of consumers believe that companies should take a stand for social issues. The data on social justice is clear. Americans want business leaders and brands to play a central role in fighting systemic racism.
CEO Action for Racial Equity urges bipartisan cooperation to bring equity, transparency and accountability to our justice system.
CEO Action for Racial Equity opposes all legislation that reduces the ability of eligible voters to cast their votes easily and conveniently.
Our coalition of 100+ CEO Action companies is bridging the gaps in four key areas of our societal well-being. We’re working closely with community organizations, subject matter specialists, NGOs, public and private foundations and policy makers at the local, state and federal level.
While there is a long history of racial inequity in digital access, affordability, and adoption, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this issue, showing the importance and need for more equitable policies and solutions for Black Americans. By leveraging our collective coalition resources and expertise, CEO Action for Racial Equity is well positioned to mobilize and help find sustainable solutions that address this issue.
Affordability and access to the Internet is a legacy problem that disproportionately affects Black Americans. The digital divide has been categorized into three gaps: the affordability gap, availability gap and adoption gap. There are 16 million K-12 American public school students who are caught in the digital divide, with Black students making up 30% of disconnected students (roughly 5 million). COVID-19 has exacerbated this digital divide, with the consequences also impacting healthcare and employment. A 2020 study concluded that 76% of Black Americans could be disqualified or underprepared for 86% of jobs in the U.S. by 2045 due to the digital racial gap. CEO Action for Racial Equity is collaborating with subject matter experts, trusted community allies, and our coalition companies to amplify legislation that will help create equitable and sustainable solutions to help close the digital divide across the U.S.
Over the last year, telehealth has been front and center in expanding access to healthcare for Americans all across the country. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 13,000 Medicare beneficiaries accessed telehealth services per week, but with temporary health emergency flexibilities, the usage increased by more than 9 million people from March-June 2020. CEO Action for Racial Equity is assessing telehealth through a health equity lens, recognizing that legal, regulatory, and socioeconomic barriers have prevented widespread utilization. At the height of the pandemic, Black patients in New York City were 4.3 times more likely to use the emergency room over telehealth and 1.3 times more likely to use clinic care than their white peers. There is an opportunity to protect the changes that have expanded telehealth in the COVID-era, and to lower the barriers that Black Americans have historically faced when seeking treatment.
Our more than 250 fellows use their talent, passion and resources to build bridges and affect societal change.