By Stacy Jones
June 12, 2017

It’s significant leadership news when one CEO makes a public commitment to diversity and inclusion, but it’s capital letter B.I.G. news when 175 of them do it all at once—and vow to share their best practices with the world.

Ellen McGirt, the mastermind behind your regularly scheduled programming here at raceAhead, is so dedicated to this newsletter that she reported on the following corporate diversity news from a cabin in the woods, where the WiFi is spotty and the fish are (hopefully) plentiful.

A new CEO-led alliance—the largest-ever commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace—launches today. Some 175 companies have signed on, including Fortune 500 stalwarts Cisco, Dow Chemical, HP, The Home Depot, Merck, Morgan Stanley, Staples, Target, and Walmart. (Walmart is number one on the Fortune 500 this year.)

The CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion will focus on three main areas: Creating a safe workplace environment for dialog, mitigating unconscious bias, and sharing best—and worst—practices. But the CEO Pledge makes both the business and moral case for diversity.

Here’s an excerpt from it:

The persistent inequities across our country underscore our urgent, national need to address and alleviate racial, ethnic and other tensions and to promote diversity within our communities. As leaders of some of America’s largest corporations, we manage thousands of employees and play a critical role in ensuring that inclusion is core to our workplace culture and that our businesses are representative of the communities we serve. Moreover, we know that diversity is good for the economy; it improves corporate performance, drives growth and enhances employee engagement.

Read more about the initiative on Fortune.

— Stacy Jones (@stacyannj)


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