Advancing Equity Through Culture and Strategy

By Courtney King Murphy, Director, Strategic Partnerships, CECP
Dec 17, 2019 8:00 AM ET

CECP, over the past few years, has been advancing practices related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) both inside companies and with our companies’ external partnerships and community programs. In 2018, CECP released a research paper supported by the Walmart Foundation, and a group of companies continued to explore these topics through an Accelerate Community focused on Diversity and Inclusion. Simultaneously, Dr. Kamau Bobb, Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, led a group of CECP companies over two years to push for a collective impact framework in their Systemic Investments in Equity, Talent and Tech.

The topic continues to grow in importance at the highest levels of corporate leadership today, both due to a concern for achieving authentic impact in corporate community investments as well as out of a desire to ensure a diverse and inclusive culture of talented employees. The focus of this year’s CECP Accelerate Community on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) includes a deeper look at the concept of equity within the oft-discussed diversity & inclusion framework. While many definitions abound, the global nonprofit Teach for All recently defined equity in a SSIR article as removing the predictability of failure or success based on social background or factors. The authors continue to say, “most societies have not been designed to ensure equity, since historically members of the group that holds the most political and cultural power have disproportionate privilege and access to opportunity.”

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