“We cannot credibly build an inclusive economic system without addressing the fundamental injustice, inequity and violence that disproportionately impacts Black people and other People of Color. Racism is pervasive in the very systems in which our businesses operate and in our communities, and it is only when we center People of Color that we will truly benefit everyone.”— Anthea Kelsick, Co-CEO, B Lab U.S. & Canada
The murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other People of Color at the hands of police along with the inequitable impact of COVID-19 on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities has sparked protests for racial justice and demands for lasting change across the United States.
We find ourselves at a turning point. The public commitments of outrage and promises of future action have swept the business community. B Lab U.S. & Canada and the community of B Corps have leaned further into its Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion work to make progress on building an anti-racist organization and community of businesses.
To date, we have already seen community leadership, and have examples from the B Corp community as well as recommendations on steps to take to get started. We must move beyond words, and we believe this community is working to do just that. This isn’t work that will end this year — let’s get to work, for the long haul.
This guide includes commitments, actions, and ideas for business leaders ready to shift toward anti-racist business practices.
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