Our Mission

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.

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Take a Stand Against Racism

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.

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Letter to Congress to Advance Meaningful Police Reform

CEO Action for Racial Equity urges bipartisan cooperation to bring equity, transparency and accountability to our justice system.

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Statement on the Protection of Voting Rights for the Black Community

CEO Action for Racial Equity opposes all legislation that reduces the ability of eligible voters to cast their votes easily and conveniently.

Partnership and Collaboration

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.

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Our Issue Agenda

CEO Action for Racial Equity is addressing eight issues that disproportionately and systemically impact the Black community - from cities to rural communities, offices to classrooms, and healthcare networks to criminal justice systems. These eight issues directly affect access to opportunity and well-being for Black Americans nationwide. They require cross-sector collaboration, deeper investment from Corporate America and urgent policy change to better our society at large.

Closing the Digital Divide

Affordability and access to the Internet is a legacy problem that disproportionately affects Black Americans. With 23% of Black Americans and 30% of Black students reportedly caught in the digital divide, action by policymakers and the business community is urgent for this issue that impacts the health, economic opportunity and stability of Black families and communities. CEO Action for Racial Equity will support policies and solutions that are designed to achieve digital equity and inclusion, including calling on Congress to make permanent broadband benefits for unserved and underserved communities. To advance accessibility, the Fellowship is supporting the development of accurate broadband maps to understand the extent of the digital divide problem in unserved and underserved areas. CEO Action for Racial Equity also supports increasing technology adoption through community-led digital equity plans.

Racism: A Public Health Crisis

The CDC recently declared that structural racism negatively affects the mental and physical health of millions of Black Americans. Currently, 208 local and state government entities have declared racism a public health crisis and momentum is growing. The effects of structural racism have taken a proven toll on the United States economy, with estimates that the U.S. economy lost $16 trillion over the past 20 years, as a direct result of discrimination against African Americans. A growing body of research shows that centuries of racism has had a profoundly negative impact on communities of color — creating unequal access to a range of social and economic benefits. Now is the time for government at the federal, state, and local levels to take a stand and declare racism a public health crisis.

Supporting Police Integrity and Transparency: Advancing a National Policing Misconduct Registry

In the last five years, the largest 20 metro areas in the US have paid out a total of $2B in police misconduct civil settlements, all funded by taxpayers. There are currently no mandatory, centralized, standardized reporting practices that track police misconduct nationwide. To capture more consistent data at a federal level, the Fellowship will support efforts to establish a national policing misconduct registry.

Expanding Access to Telehealth

1 in 4 Black Americans live in zip codes with few to no primary care providers and only 10% of Black patients with mental illness receive care. Over the last year, telehealth has become a priority for expanding access to healthcare for Americans. For example, Medicare beneficiaries utilizing telehealth services have gone from only 13,000 people using it before COVID-19 to more than 9 million people from March-June 2020. In New York City, Black patients 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. CEO Action for Racial Equity is assessing telehealth through a health equity lens, recognizing that legal, regulatory, economic and sociocultural factors impact widespread access and utilization. Our Fellowship will work to maximize the reach of Federal agencies and legislation to accomplish health equity priorities through the advancement of telehealth policies and services.

A Path Toward Greater Food Equity

According to USDA data, Black Americans experience food insecurity at twice the rate of white households and about 23.5 million people live in low-income neighborhoods that are more than a mile from a supermarket. The COVID-19 pandemic widened this disparity and highlighted the need for access to grocery stores in Black communities and affordable healthy food through Federal Nutrition Programs.

Equity and Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Every dollar spent on high-quality, birth-to-five programs for children can deliver a 13% per year return on investment from better education and health outcomes for children, employment gains for parents, greater economic productivity, and reduced spending on healthcare and crime. In its current state, the early childhood education system in the U.S. has varying levels of quality, is not affordable for many, and is inaccessible for up to 95% of Americans who live in childcare deserts, where three or more children are in need of care for every available spot. CEO Action for Racial Equity will address policies around access, availability and quality of early childhood education.

Decriminalizing Poverty: Fines, Fees and Cash Bail Reform

Pretrial cash bail policies are key drivers of mass incarceration, with more than 470,000 people sitting in jail unconvicted on any given day. Most pose no threat to the community, and almost all are poor and cannot afford bail.  In addition, fees and fines levied by the justice system disproportionately punish those in poverty. The negative consequences of even a short time in jail or an inability to pay fees and fines include: job and housing loss, interference with education, family, child custody, social status, mental health, and overall dignity.  CEO Action for Racial Equity is committed to addressing the criminalization of poverty, which disproportionately impacts Black Americans.

Expanding Economic Opportunity Through Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

Financial inclusion has yet to be fully realized for the Black community as 23 million remain unbanked or underbanked. Without access to affordable financial institutions and bank accounts, many Black Americans cannot access affordable homes, capital to start community businesses or opportunities to build credit. The Fellowship supports the funding and expansion of CDFIs that provide a critical on-ramp for Black communities to access banking services, bolster financial security and enhance quality of life for Black Americans.