Business Support for Racial Equity and Inclusion


Below are examples of how Center members are responding to protests of racial inequality. 

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Updated: 3/22/2021  

Accenture CEO Julie Sweet sent a note to employees discussing the death of George Floyd and addressing racism. She also laid out steps to improve diversity in company leadership, inclusion & diversity training, and identify new partnerships to promote diversity and fight racism. 

Adobe released a statement standing in solidarity with the Black community against social injustice and intolerance.

In a Facebook post, Aflac president Teresa L. White released a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. White highlighted Aflac's efforts towards higher diversity within the workforce and Board of Directors, while applauding Aflac's past efforts toward racial justice, including donating $1 million toward the building of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and having more than 50% of its philanthropic expenditures in 2020 earmarked toward African American institutions and causes. "Aflac opposes any form of bigotry, intolerance or disrespect in our society," said White. "Any suggestion that our company does not support the national movement for social justice, ending racism and promoting racial harmony is inaccurate.”

AIG CEO Brian Duperreault and President Peter Zaffino sent a company-wide Standing as Allies message that has also been shared on As an initial statement of support for the Black community, the AIG Foundation will make a US$500,000 donation to human rights organizations. In addition, each colleague globally will receive an additional paid day off to volunteer for an organization that focuses on education about the importance of equality, diversity, inclusion, criminal justice reform, and human and civil rights, or otherwise provides support for underrepresented and at-risk groups.

Akamai Technologies
Akamai Technologies released a statement emphasizing their opposition to racism and commitment to fostering an inclusive community.

Akamai Technologies, Inc. announced that it has joined The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council ("MassTLC") Tech Compact for Social Justice. As one of the 62 Massachusetts technology company signatories, Akamai commits to make change towards racial equality in its organization. Companies sign on to honor at least three of 12 measurable initiatives. Akamai believes that an inclusive culture fosters diversity of thought which translates into an innovative and collaborative environment. The company has been on a multi-year journey to live out its values through an inclusive workplace culture built upon respect for every individual. 

Alliance Data
Alliance Data released a general statement on Twitter standing in solidarity against racism and inequality.

Allina Health
Allina Health released a video featuring Dr. Meghan Miller, a psychologist with Allina Health, who talks about how to discuss topics such as racism and discrimination with children.

Altria announced a $5 million commitment to fighting racism and advancing social and economic equity. They will also be starting a month long employee giving campaign with a 2-1 match and a company-wide paid “Day of Healing” on Juneteenth (June 19th) to allow employees time for personal reflection and healing.

American Electric Power [via communication with BCCCC]
American Electric Power Chairman, President & CEO Nick Akins signed on to a Columbus (OH) City Council Resolution declaring racism a public health issue. He also recorded a message to all employees affirming the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Prior to the events of this year, AEP’s Chief D&I Officer developed the D&I Roadmap to 2025, a strategic action plan that includes: a videoconference with the top 20 African-American leaders; a videoconference on racism with the top 250 leaders at AEP; a set of diversity and inclusion awareness videos for business unit and operating company leaders; a series of panel discussion webcasts with employees; and planned facilitated “safe space” small group discussions within business units.

Ameriprise made a statement affirming its commitment to taking action to help communities in the wake of George Floyd. They also announced $300,000 to community organizations such as Northside Achievement Zone, The Minneapolis Foundation Fund for Safe Communities, and the Twin Cities Rebuild for the Future Fund via The Minneapolis Foundation, which will work to rebuild small businesses in corridors directly impacted by the unrest in Minneapolis.

Apple CEO Tim Cook released a memo to employees condemning the death of George Floyd and addressed the problems of systemic racism and fears that still exist in America. He also pledged donations to non-profits addressing racial injustice, mass incarceration, and human rights, such as the Equal Justice Initiative.

More recently, Tim Cook also announced a $100 million commitment to Apple's new Racial Justice and Equality initiative.

Apple announced a set of major new projects as part of its $100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to help dismantle systemic barriers to opportunity and combat injustices faced by communities of color. These forward-looking and comprehensive efforts include the Propel Center, a first-of-its-kind global innovation and learning hub for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); an Apple Developer Academy to support coding and tech education for students in Detroit; and venture capital funding for Black and Brown entrepreneurs. Together, Apple’s REJI commitments aim to expand opportunities for communities of color across the country and to help build the next generation of diverse leaders.

Applied Materials
Applied Materials posted a statement standing against racism and announcing a grant of $100,000 to the NAACP Empowerment Programs focused primarily on training, education, and advocacy at the national and local levels. The company also posted a message about its culture of inclusion on the main website. 

Assurant CEO Alan Colberg released a general statement affirming Assurant's commitment to pursuing racial inclusion and diversity.

Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks owner Tony Ressler released a statement stating that they will continue to use their platform to promote racial inclusion.

AT&T released a statement condemning the killings of George Floyd and countless others. In the Summer of 2020, AT&T agreed to lead a new Business Roundtable (BRT) initiative of top CEOs to push for public policy changes to deliver equal justice outcomes for all. This marked a shift in the business community at a national level, but it also laid the groundwork for advocacy at the state and local level. AT&T also expanded its diversity supplier program with a commitment to spend $3 billion with black suppliers across the U.S. by 2020. This commitment is inspired by community-driven initiatives such as Believe Chicago, to help push economic growth and innovation. AT&T is also finalizing its $10 million commitment in 2020 to organizations working to create economic opportunities and foster upward mobility for Black and underserved communities, especially those in situations exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a $1 million contribution to Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

This Black History Month, AT&T is passing the mic to these new voices: The Black Future Makers. AT&T is celebrating Black people who are pushing culture forward and making an impact on the future of the Black community and the world. Black Future Makers is AT&T’s celebration of the dreams and the future made possible by more than 400 years of Black history, culture and contributions. Throughout the month, it is excited to honor 28 inspirational figures.  In addition to the high-profile Black Future Makers, honorees will include entrepreneurs, activists and everyday heroes, who serve on the frontlines during this global pandemic. Within AT&T, it recognizes Black employees who are pushing technology forward in all areas of business, 36 of which will be honored at this year’s Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA). AT&T is proud to support these and all employees in an inclusive environment and it has introduced several programs to help encourage growth and leadership support, such as AT&T’s Women of Color (WOC) Program and WOC Workshop Experience.

Baker & Mckenzie
The Baker & McKenzie executive committee released a statement asking employees to stand against racism.

Bank of America
Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan released a statement to BoA employees committing the company to promoting racial diversity and inclusion. Additionally, the company is making a $1 billion, four-year commitment to help local communities address economic and racial inequality. 

Bank of America has donated $25 million to the launch of the Smithsonian's new "Race, Community and Our Shared Future" initiative. This initiative will explore how Americans currently understand, experience, and confront race, its impact of communities, and how that impact is shaping the nation's future.

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission (“Centennial Commission”) announced that it has received a $1 million grant from Bank of America in support of its planned state-of-the-art history center “Greenwood Rising,” that tells the story of the original “Black Wall Street” and chronicles the worst domestic terrorist event in our nation’s history. This grant is connected to the bank’s $1 billion, four-year initiative to advance racial equality, health care and economic opportunity in minority communities.

Bank of America recently announced that it has directed over $22 million in grants to national and local nonprofits supporting communities of color. The philanthropic funds were directed in support of education, jobs, entrepreneurship, health and housing, and for people and communities of color as it continues to deliver on its $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity.

Bank of America, the Black Economic Alliance Foundation, Morehouse College and the Spelman College have also announced the development of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship (CBE), the first ever academic center of its kind to assemble, educate, and empower a new class of Black entrepreneurial talent. Morehouse and Spelman colleges are two of the highest ranking historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the United States. Funding for the development of the CBE comes from Bank of America as part of its $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity, which includes support to minority entrepreneurs, as well as a focus on education, jobs, health and housing.

Baxter Healthcare
Baxter Healthcare senior leadership released a joint statement declaring their commitment to inclusion and diversity.

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) and the Baxter International Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Baxter International Inc., announced a new partnership as part of the ADA’s Health Equity Now (HEN) platform to address health disparities for people with diabetes in Chicago’s underserved Black communities. Made possible with a three-year, $2 million grant from the Baxter International Foundation, the community-based program will focus on nutrition and technology as key drivers in removing barriers to diabetes care and promoting diabetes prevention. “In pursuit of our mission to save and sustain lives, we are committed to tackling inequities in health care,” said José (Joe) E. Almeida, chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter. “We are proud to partner with the ADA to address longstanding, disproportionate barriers to quality care that are especially acute within underserved Black communities and among the millions of Americans living with diabetes.”

BBVA CEO Javier Soler expressed solidarity with the black community and reaffrimed BBVA's commitment to diversity in a general statement on the BBVA website.

Berkshire Bank
Berkshire Bank hosted a town hall on June 4-5 featuring leaders such as Ayanna Pressley to discuss racial inclusion and diversity.

Blackbaud released a general statement emphasizing equality and condemning racism.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts (BCBSMA) [via communication with BCCCC]
BCBSMA president and CEO Andrew Dreyfus shared a message to his employees, condemning the death of George Floyd, recognizing the disproportionate inequalities affecting Black communities, and standing with their Black colleagues. BCBSMA also announced the new 2020 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Racial Equality and Justice Grant, continuing the work and energy of its company-wide Service Week in September to build a more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future by supporting not-for-profit organizations serving Massachusetts communities who are addressing racial justice. It is a two-year grant, providing $25,000 in general operating support per year. Grantees will also have the opportunity to engage in pro bono support. Five not-for-profit organizations will be selected and will be announced in January 2021.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota issued a joint statement on the death of George Floyd and made a commitment to racial justice.

Blue Cross of Minnesota proudly announced its support of Minnesota’s racial justice legislative resolution. Research from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shown that preventable, avoidable and unjust inequities in health, education, wealth, housing and more have a significant impact on people’s ability to be healthy. And these inequities are all symptoms of intergenerational and structural racism. Vayong Moua, MPA, Director of Racial and Health Equity Advocacy at Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota, had the honor of testifying on behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota to share recommendations with the committee based on the organization’s experience, community relationships and advocacy track record.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina released a statement standing against racism, and standing with its Black employees and members along with all others who are experiencing trauma as a result of the ongoing violence against Black lives in our country.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer made a statement calling for Bright Horizons members to come together to fight for racial justice.

Booz Allen Hamilton
Booz Allen Hamilton released a statement expressing their intent to move forward as a frim to fight social injustice.

Campbell Soup Company
Campbell Soup Company CEO Mark Clouse released a statement acknowledging the recent events and promising to devote the company to fighting racism and promoting inclusion and diversity.

Capital One
Capital One is committing $10 million and establishing a dollar-for-dollar associate gift matching program.

CBRE Group launched a fundraising program to provide financial support for efforts to advance social justice reform and combat racism. CBRE is also donating $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and $1 million to the National Urban League. Additionally, the company is matching employee contributions to these organizations, dollar for dollar, up to an additional $1 million for each organization. 

Cigna Corporation issued a statement on systemic racism and a commitment to equity and equality: "Racism and discrimination are destructive forces in any society," said David Cordani, Cigna President and Chief Executive Officer. "We, as a global health service company, firmly and unequivocally denounce racism and discrimination in all forms and are committed to confronting these issues with intensity, empathy and accountability." In furtherance of this commitment, today we proudly launch our new Building Equity and Equality Program, a five-year initiative to expand and accelerate our efforts to support diversity, inclusion, equality and equity for communities of color. Our mission is to improve the health, well-being and peace of mind of those we serve.”

Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank has announced a multi-million dollar commitment to address critical economic needs, build stronger communities, and create a culture of inclusion through a number of initiatives such as grants to minority-owned businesses, economic opportunity funds, and matching colleague donations. As part of its commitment, Citizens has also pledged to invest in additional internal efforts to bring its workforce and leadership more closely in line with the demographics of the communities it serves, while driving greater levels of understanding and empathy among colleagues regarding issues of racial equity.

The Clorox Company
Clorox CEO Benno Dorer announced a $2.5 million commitment to supporting black businesses and communities impacted by recent events, engaging black youth, and accelerating justice reforms. The company is also committing to volunteering to fight for equality and justice, increasing spending on minority-owned businesses, and serving underserved communities. 

CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, today announced it will commit $500,000 from its corporate social responsibility program to civil rights organizations dedicated to promoting racial equity and ending discrimination. The board of directors unanimously approved the contribution at a special meeting on Wednesday, June 17. Money will be directed to four national organizations with proven records of accomplishment in the area of civil rights, as well as to establish two funds that will be directed by CoBank employees. Funds will be distributed as followed: 100,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, $100,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative, $100,000 to the Advancement Project, $100,000 to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, $50,000 employee matching fund, and $50,000 Associate Resource Group fund.

The Coca-Cola Company
Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey released a public statement acknowledging the problem of racism and police brutality. He also announced that his company plans to host a “Stand As One” panel to discuss racism and injustice as well as ways to create change.

Comcast announced a multiyear plan to allocate $100 million to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.

Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank announced its $1 million commitment over four years to the National Business League as part of a national partnership that will launch the Black Capital Access Program (BCAP), an access to capital initiative to assist Black businesses across the country.

Comerica Bank announced that it is moving $10 million in deposits to Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) within its five-state footprint, as well as building a mutual mentoring relationship with these institutions. MDIs assist minority and under-served communities and foster economic viability in these communities. Of this $10 million in deposits, Comerica has allocated $7.5 million ($2.5 million each) to First Independence Bank in Detroit; Broadway Federal Bank in Los Angeles; and Unity National Bank in Houston. The relationship includes a partnership that fosters collaboration and mentorship, with Comerica and MDIs each sharing their expertise in key lines of business.

Chairman & CEO Ryan Lance wrote a letter to ConocoPhillips employees condemning racial injustice. 

Cox Enterprises
Cox Enterprise announced the creation of a $1 million fund to help organizations that support social justice and civil rights.

CW Hemp
CW Hemp released a statement expressing solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

Dallas Fort Worth Airport
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport has been named Public Agency of the Year by the Regional Black Contractors Association (RBCA). This honor recognizes noteworthy accomplishments made by the Airport to increase participation of Black contractors in Airport projects and working collaboratively with RBCA to improve processes and procedures that may create obstacles to the success of minority businesses looking to do business at DFW Airport. DFW Airport creates and sustains a business environment that allows diverse businesses to compete equitably for business opportunities and achieve economic success, contributing to DFW's overall mission of expanding economic benefits across North Texas.

Deloitte CEO Joe Ucuzoglu released a statement to Deloitte employees expressing the company's position against racial injustice.

Delta Dental of California  [via communication with BCCCC]
Delta Dental of California and its affiliates announced a $100,000 donation to the NAACP Empowerment Programs, Inc. through the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation and is doubling matching employee donations up to an additional $100,000 to select racial equity nonprofit organizations.

DocuSign announced that they will be contributing $500,000 to the NAACP and other social justice causes as well as triple-matching employee contributions.

Dow Chemical
Dow Chemical CEO Jim Fitterling wrote a letter on the company website acknowledging the death of George Floyd and the inequities and racial injustices in America. He called for Dow Chemical to work towards being a more inclusive company and fostering an open culture.

Dow has also committed itself to: ensuring a strong focus on retention and development of its Black employees; building a more diverse talent pipeline for Dow and its industry through further strategic investment in historically Black colleges and universities, and community college skilled trades programs; redoubling its efforts to maximize the impact of its existing diversity recruiting programs, such as Diamond Symposium and BEST Symposium; and requiring racial equity and advanced inclusion training for all its leaders and Human Resources professionals.

Dow also announced that it is investing more than $5 million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for programming, partnership and support to enhance the Black STEM talent pipeline. This investment is seeded by an initial $500,000 contribution in 2020 as part of the Dow ACTs commitment designed to address systemic racism and inequality in the areas of advocacy, community and talent. The company is investing an additional $4.6 million to expand support through 2024.

Dupont CEO Ed Breen Sent a message to employees condemning racism and pushing for a focus on inclusion and diversity.

Dutch Bros. Coffee
Dutch Bros. Coffee founder Travis Boersma released a statement condemning systemic racism in all forms. “Let us be clear. Systemic racism in our country needs to end. Dutch Bros stands alongside our Black employees, customers and community members. We see you and are committed to using our platform to ensure your voices are heard,” said Boersma. “Staying silent is not an option. We invite you to join us in standing behind our Black employees, customers and communities. Black lives matter.”

The EA Madden NFL twitter account posted a message saying that the release of Madden NFL 21 is being postponed as there is a need to stand together and commit change right now. EA Sports stands with their African American/Black community of friends, players, colleagues and partners. EA Sports also announced a $1 million donation to organization such as the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP, an extra day of PTO for volunteering, and doubling the match on EA employee donations through June.

Eastman CEO Mark Costa released a message to employees calling for lasting change and a focus on racial inclusion.

CEO Richard Edelman wrote an article about a virtual meeting held to discuss recent events in which employees were able to share stories and encourage hiring and promotion of diverse talent. Edelman has committed to supporting more local NGOs across America and the CEO has promised to hire more diverse senior executives within the next year. 

Elkay released a statement acknowledging the horrific incident involving George Floyd, and fully supports those who are peacefully expressing their passion for achieving equal justice. The statement also condemns racism, discrimination, and social injustice of any kind.

Enbridge tweeted out a commitment to equality and diversity.

ESPN has hosted several forums and conversations surrounding racial equity in America. One such event was a partnership between ESPN and The Undefeated in the hosting of Breaking Barriers, a virtual conversation on racial equality with Bank of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Breaking Barriers explored the intersection of baseball and race, along with the current role sports can play in furthering the dialogue of social justice and racial equality across the United States. ESPN also addressed inequities in communities of color during the 14th annual V Week. “During this year’s V Week, we highlighted the fact that people of color are disproportionately affected by cancer,” said Kevin Martinez, vice president of ESPN Corporate Citizenship. “But thanks to the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund and new initiatives with Alpha Phi Alpha and our first-ever Equity in Health panel, I am hopeful and optimistic that we are working towards improving the health outcomes for minority communities.”

The Estée Lauder Companies
The Estée Lauder Companies published a statement in solidarity with the Black community. The company stands with employees, consumers and fellow citizens against racism, violence and hatred.

Evergy CEO Terry Bassham released a statement declaring a commitment to racial inclusion.

Exelon released a statement to employees expressing solidarity with Black Lives Matter and its commitment to racial inclusion.

On Juneteenth, EY announced a series of commitments to fight racial injustice. They announced they will be investing $3 million in organizations committed to fighting social injustices, contributing a total of $4 million collectively to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and helping black professional development.

EY announced the inaugural cohort of the Entrepreneurs Access Network (EAN), a business accelerator and comprehensive, executive-level educational program designed to elevate scalable Black and Latinx-owned companies through access to mentors, resources and networks. EAN offers a curated class-based learning program for emerging and established enterprises, and an on-demand option with self-paced education is available to Black and Latinx entrepreneurs of all levels nationwide. “Deep-rooted systemic challenges hinder many minority-owned businesses from achieving their full potential, an issue that was exacerbated this year,” said Sam Johnson, EY Americas Vice Chair of Accounts. “Through EAN, our goal is to provide Black and Latinx founders with the necessary support to sustainably scale their businesses and drive economic growth. Without equitable access, the future of many Black and Latinx-owned businesses — and millions of jobs — hangs in the balance.”

F5 Networks
F5 Networks co-chairs wrote a letter to their employees stating their commitment to diveristy and inclusion and providing resources for racial justice.

Farm Credit Mid-America
Farm Credit Mid-America is joining other Farm Credit System associations to take up the HBCU Partnership Challenge, committing to create or deepen relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, with a goal to expand existing efforts to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. The Farm Credit System accepted the challenge after discussions with the Congressional HBCU Caucus, chaired by Reps. Alma Adams, D-NC, and Bradley Byrne, R-AL. Coupled with the challenge is the pledge to award students from HBCUs hired to intern at Farm Credit $3,500 stipends to help offset living costs associated with internships. HBCUs within Farm Credit Mid-America’s four served states include, Simmons College and Kentucky State University in Kentucky; Central State University and Wilberforce University in Ohio; Fisk University, Lane College, Le Moyne-Owen College and Tennessee State University in Tennessee.

Farmers Insurance
Farmers CEO Jeff Dailey announced a series of commitments to the black community, including a $250,000 donation to the Los Angeles Urban League and reinforcing the need for volunteering in underserved communities.

Frederick Smith, Chairman and CEO of the FedEx Corporation, and Raj Subramaniam, President and COO, released a statement addressing the recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the unrest in the community. The statement also reaffirmed FedEx's belief in respect for all, and their embrace of diversity in their workforce.

In a recent letter to all team members, Chairman & CEO Frederick W. Smith and FedEx Corporation President and COO Raj Subramaniam stated “we are proud of our long-standing history of supporting and fostering relationships with organizations that are working to make our society more equitable and just.” One of those organizations is the National Civil Rights Museum (NCRM), which was highlighted during the June 22nd NASCAR race at Talladega. FedEx ran an all-black #11 "Driving for Change" car. The car's hood featured a large NCRM logo, honoring the relationship the company has had with the museum as a founding partner since it opened in 1991. FedEx has provided well over $7 million dollars of support to the museum over the past 29 years, and recently announced a new $500,000 donation - $250,000 from the company and a $250,000 gift from Mr. Smith.

Fifth Third Bank
Kala Gibson, Fifth Third Executive Vice President and Head of Business Banking, recently penned an editorial titled "The Intersection of Rage, Fear, and Hope" in the Cincinnati Enquirer. In the editorial, Gibson addresses the emotions often associated not only within a Black Lives Matter movement, but also as a black man and the father of two young black men. "My heart is heavy, and I’m deeply saddened over the recent events, but I continue to have hope and faith in our country," stated Gibson. "I believe this is our defining moment. This is the moment we say enough is enough. This is the moment we stand against injustice and inequality.”

Fifth Third Bank, National Association announced a $2.8 billion commitment that will provide $2.2 billion in lending, $500 million in investments, $60 million in financial accessibility and $40 million in philanthropy as part of its Executive Diversity Leadership Council’s Accelerating Racial Equality, Equity and Inclusion initiative. The initiative is part of the Bank’s ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity, which is focused on creating equitable outcomes for all. The three-year pledge focuses on three constituents: employees, customers and communities. Each vertical has a specific emphasis on accelerating the Bank’s progress toward an equitable environment for Black Americans.

Kala Gibson, chief enterprise corporate social responsibility officer and head of Business Banking at Fifth Third Bank has joined the National Urban League's Board of Directors. With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Gibson has extensive experience in strategic planning, operations, regulatory compliance, product development and relationship management. He oversees strategic planning, operations, sales force and products for Business Banking. He also has been a powerful voice in matters of community responsibility and accountability, as well as social justice and equity. He joined Fifth Third in 2011 as a Business Banking executive in Eastern Michigan and was named head of Business Banking in 2013. He was named chief enterprise corporate social responsibility officer in 2020.

Fifth Third Bank announced the recipients of its $1.2 million in grants for Black, women-owned businesses and the organizations that serve them through the Innovation Meets Main Street: Boosting Black, Woman-owned Businesses program, which was announced in September 2020. The initiative was a partnership between Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and was completely powered by Fifth Third as a part of a larger $8.75 million pledge to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The complete list of recipients can be found here.

FirstEnergy Corp.
FirstEnergy posted a message standing with employees, customers, business partners and communities in condemning acts of discrimination, violence and racism. 

Fiserv has created a Forward Together action plan to support its associates and communities, including the launch of a matching donation campaign on Juneteenth. The company offered a two-to-one company match to the following non-profits that support the Black and LGBTQ+ communities: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Foundation, Race Forward, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), The Trevor Project, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), and Out & Equal.

Fiserv is giving back to help small businesses get Back2Business with a program focused on helping to jump-start Black- and minority-owned small businesses in hard-hit communities. Back2Business is designed to help stabilize and grow small businesses, with business consulting services, leading Clover payments technology solutions from Fiserv and financial support for employee payroll, rent or lease payments, operations equipment and resources. To help elevate economic inclusion and create transformative change, Fiserv is partnering with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), that continues to join forces with market partners that believe in collaborating to drive wealth creation in underserved communities through entrepreneurship. In partnership with AEO, Fiserv is pleased to announce the Fiserv Back2Business Grants for Small Business Program, which will award up to $10,000 to Black- and minority-owned businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19 and social unrest. Fiserv is equipping these businesses with vital education, coaching, and capital to truly fuel growth of its communities, creating sustainable business and shared value for all.

General Mills
In honor of Pride 2020, General Mills raised the Progress Pride Flag, which incorporates the Transgender Flag as well as Black and Brown stripes, to show our solidarity and support for Black Lives Matter and marginalized communities of color. “It’s been such a heavy time and being able to celebrate Pride with colleagues and honor its history by remembering the Stonewall Riots that were sparked by a Black transgender woman in response to police brutality and discrimination is extremely important,” says Molly Sjostrom, global inclusion manager. “It speaks to intersectionality and the need for allyship within and across our marginalized communities to drive real change.” In addition to raising the Progress Pride Flag, Betty’s Family, General Mills’ LGBTQ+ employee network group, invited employees near our World Headquarters to participate in our first-ever car parade to celebrate together and see the flag waving proudly.

The General Mills Foundation has paired with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to present the 31st annual Dr. Martin King Jr. Holiday Breakfast, that will feature a conversation between Dr. Bernice King and former United States Ambassador Andrew Young, who will share their memories and insights of Dr. King, his leadership and the urgency of his message today. The event will take place Monday, January 18, 2021 at 9 a.m. CST at “The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have been at the epicenter of a global reckoning about systematic racism, social justice and the need for real and accelerated change,” said Nicola Dixon, executive director of the General Mills Foundation. “As we are moving forward as a community fully determined to heal, grow and change, this event invites us all to freshly consider how Dr. King’s life and legacy can inform the path forward.”

General Motors
General Motors CEO Mary Barra wrote an email to employees denouncing racism and explaining actions that the company is taking to drive change. Barra writes that effective by the end of the quarter, she is commissioning an Inclusion Advisory Board (IAB) of both internal and external leaders. 

General Motors also announced on Juneteenth to pledge $10 million to support organizations promoting racial justice and inclusion. The initial $1 million has been allocated for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the remaining $9 million will be donated to organizations guided by our Employee Resource Groups.

Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare
The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation announced today it will award $120,000 through its “Healthy Youth, Healthy Community” racial equity grants program.  Six organizations supporting and working with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) youth in Connecticut, Mass., Maine, and New Hampshire will each receive $20,000.  These grants will help BIPOC youth improve the overall health and racial equity of their community.

Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta released a statement denouncing racism and making a commitment to support racial minorities.

HITT has released a statement declaring its dedication to its Zero Tolerance for Intolerance Policy. Recently, all HITT jobsites conducted mandatory safety stand downs to emphasize its Zero Tolerance policy. Zero Tolerance signage has been placed at the entrance of all offices and jobsites to serve as a reminder to all team members, partners and visitors.

Hogan Lovells
Hogan Lovells released a press release standing in solidarity with George Floyd and the protestors. Additionally, the company has committed to matching up to $200,000 in donations by its employees to organizations combating racial discrimination and injustice. Hogan Lovells has also made a formal pledge to devote at least 65,000 pro bono hours through 2023 to breaking down the deeply rooted, systemic barriers in society that profoundly impact people of color.

Holland & Knight LLP
Holland & Knight Managing Partner Steven Sonberg announced that the firm has donated $100,000 to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a national civil-rights organization that works to advance civil rights and confront racial injustice faced by African Americans and other minority groups. "The Lawyers' Committee is doing incredible work on some of the most critical issues of our time," said Paul J. Kiernan, chair of Holland & Knight's Public and Charitable Service Department and Lawyers' Committee board member. "As lawyers, we each have a unique opportunity and an important obligation to advance economic justice, criminal justice, and the civil rights of all Americans.  We are proud to stand beside the Lawyers' Committee in its mission and excited about the possibilities for progress."

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company
Houghton Mifflin's Twitter released a statement expressing solidarity with the black community.

Learning Company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) reinforced its commitment to racial justice with a major book donation aimed at amplifying Black voices while getting books into hands of children and families in need. HMH is in the process of donating over 50,000 titles by Black authors to more than 15 youth-serving nonprofit organizations across the United States. Donated through HMH’s Books for Equity initiative, the curated list of titles explores issues of race and features Black main characters, including works by Toni Morrison, Kwame Alexander, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, Margaret Walker, Melba Pattillo Beals and many more. Recipients of the donations include City Year, Girls Write Now, Boys & Girls Club of Harlem, Communities In Schools of Central Texas, and more. Boston-based Camp Harbor View, in light of the need to cancel in-person camp programming, used the books to support families with “camp kits,” delivered to 600 families in significant need of at-home engagement for their children. Boys & Girls Club of Harlem included the donations in “summer fun kits” to summer campers and other community youth. Nonprofit youth writing and literacy organization 826 Boston, which empowers traditionally underserved students to tell their stories and learn communication skills, in particular seeks to provide books featuring characters of color to the students they work with.

ICF released a statement condemning racism and supporting racial diversity and inclusion.

Indeed tweeted a message from its CEO to say that the company stands in solidarity with the Black community against historical and systemic racism, violence and hate, finishing with the statement with #blacklivesmatter

Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross made a statement pledging to fight against racial inequality.

Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand CEO Vicente Reynal by announcing that they will accelerate the conversation on racial equity by launching interactive sessions – Purpose and Values Activation, Owning Our Future Forums and Unconscious Bias – that build our inclusive and respectful culture.

Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain made a Twitter post showing solidarity with the black community.

Janus Henderson Investors
Janus Henderson released a statement expressing solidarity with the black community.

Jacobs CEO Steve Demetriou made a general statement on Linked-In reaffirming the corporate values held by Jacobs and a need to demonstrate inclusion in the wake of the recent tragic deaths.

JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and COO Joanna Geraghty announced a commitment to promoting diversity training and sensitivity, investing in minority communities, and promoting diversity amongst their crew members.

Kohl's has released a statement declaring its commitment to creating an environment where everyone feels a sense of equity, where diversity is valued at all levels, and where inclusion is evident across our business. To support this, the company created a new Diversity and Inclusion framework, which addresses three pillars: Our People, Our Customers, and Our Community. The mission of its Diversity and Inclusion strategy is to fulfill lives through equity, diversity and inclusion. Kohl's is embedding its diversity and inclusion strategy throughout its business by being intentional about its programs and practices and holding itself accountable with measurable goals and results. Additionally, Kohl's is also dedicating $1 million to five non-profit organizations in the Milwaukee community that serve diverse communities.

KPMG participated in Blackout Tuesday on social media.

On June 19, Paul Knopp, KPMG’s new Chairman and CEO announced ACCELERATE 2025–a targeted effort to tackle one essential dimension of the firm’s overall I&D agenda–namely, ensuring that more individuals from underrepresented groups choose KPMG as their employer of choice, build careers at KPMG, and advance to leadership positions within our firm and within the profession. This follows a donation of $500,000 for a newly-created KPMG U.S. Foundation Racial Equity Action Fund and the exploration of new partnerships with organizations focusing on equity and inclusion as a part of their core business.

The Kroger Company
Rodney McMullen, The Kroger Company's Chairman and CEO, released a statement condemning the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Kroger is creating more opportunities for its associates to share openly their thoughts and feelings about their experiences with discrimination—and for its company and leaders to listen more deeply and deliberately. Similarly, Kroger's African American Associate Resource Group has developed an allyship resource guide, and the Kroger Co. Foundation is establishing a $5 million fund to support the advancement of racial equity and justice

Lam Reserach Corporation
Lam Reseach CEO Tim Archer sent a message to employees committing $500,000 to support social and racial justice and another $500,000 to help black communities affected by Covid-19.

LG&E released a statement expressing support for diversity and Inclusion.

Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual announced that they will be donating $1 mililon to the Equal Justice Initiative. They will also be also be doubling employee donations to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Race Forward, National Urban League, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Black Lives Matter Foundation and EJI. 

The Museum of African American History in Boston received a $1 million grant from its long-time partner, the Liberty Mutual Foundation, which will go towards creating a new social justice initiative.

Lincoln Financial Group
Lincoln Financial CEO Dennis R. Glass released a statement reaffirming the company's commitment to fighting racism and promoting diversity and inclusion.

LogMeIN tweeted a statement condemning racism and discrimination and placing an emphasis on equality of all people.

Lowe's CEO Marvin Ellison made a public statement for his employees calling for support and empathy after the death of George Floyd. 

Lowe’s also announced a $25 million commitment to provide much-needed relief to minority-owned businesses. Lowe's donation will fuel emergency grants in historically underserved communities, as well as other assistance, to help owners navigate business challenges during the pandemic. The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation's largest community development organization, will manage the process of vetting applications for grants that will bring critical aid to minority- and women-led small businesses. Lowe’s soon increased this commitment to $30 million.

CEO and Co-Founder Ben Chestnut announced that Mailchimp is offering price relief for organizations working to end social injustice in the United States in response to the murder of George Floyd and the nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism. 

Major League Baseball
MLB released a statement denouncing racism and racial injustice. The league also expressed a commitment to engaging its communites to invoke change. 

Initial support via general managers of all MLB teams, and matched by MLB and team owners, provided more than $1 million to charities such as NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Equal Justice Initiative, Color of Change, Campaign Zero, and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

In September 2020, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are committing $10 million to The Players Alliance—a nonprofit organization dedicated to racial equality in baseball and made up of former and retired players—in an effort to increase the representation of Black Americans in baseball, from youth levels to the front office.

ManpowerGroup tweeted that they stood in solidarity with the black community.

MassMutual's CEO Roger Crandall released a statement on Twitter expressing solidarity with those that have been affected by racism.

Mayo Clinic
Many Mayo Clinic staff participated today in a moment of silent reflection and expression, joining with health care professionals across the country to express their commitment to improve the health and safety of people of color..

Merck & Co
Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier took to CNBC to talk about the racial injustice and discrimination in the United States and the failures of the justice system.

MetLife released a statement on Twitter reaffirming its commitment to diversity and desire to bring about change in race relations. MetLife also announced a $5 million donation to the UNCF and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

MFS Investment
MFS Investment CEO Mike Roberge sent a letter to his employees to discuss the issue of race. He also encouraged empoyees to take advantage of the matching gifts program.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addressed Microsoft employees on a town hall call and expressed the need for systemic change against racism. Nadella referenced Microsoft's partnership with the Criminal Justice Reform Initiative and asked that employees check in on one another and advocate for change within the company, community and society.

Microsoft also announced $1.5 million in donations to the Black Lives Matter Foundation, Equal Justice Initiative, Innocence Project, The Leadership Conference, Minnesota Freedom Fund, and NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund. 

Mimecast made a statement declaring their commitment to racial equality and diversity as well as standing in solidarity with black community. They also reaffirmed their commitments to black communities.

MoneyGram tweeted their support for equality and paused all social media interactions.

Morgan Stanley
In response to protests across the country and around the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, Morgan Stanley has announced a contribution of $5 million to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) to support its work in fighting for racial justice and will match the donations of all U.S. employees to the organization. In addition, Morgan Stanley is proud to announce the launch of Morgan Stanley HBCU Scholars, an integrated program to strategically engage with and support HBCUs. The program will provide full scholarships for HBCU students at Howard University, Morehouse College and Spelman College and is also designed to support their career skills and readiness to help set them on a life-long path to success. As an initial investment, Morgan Stanley will provide five academic and needs-based four-year scholarships at each institution for the next four years; a new class of scholars will be added each year for a class size of 60 by the fourth year. The scholarships will cover the entire cost of attending the institution for each academic year and will be open to students across all disciplines and majors. Additionally, the firm will provide a career-readiness program, to HBCU scholars, with virtual and on-site components, to complement their on-campus curriculum. The goal is to prepare them to succeed in whatever endeavor they choose, though opportunities at Morgan Stanley will be available to them.

Morgan Stanley recently announced the fifth cohort of the Multicultural Innovation Lab, an accelerator program for technology and technology-enabled start-ups in the post‐seed to Series B funding rounds. The program, now in its fifth year and with 43 total participating companies, targets start-ups with a multicultural or woman founder, co‐founder, CTO or other C-suite member that is developing innovative solutions across sectors. The Lab is designed to help drive positive economic outcomes for entrepreneurs of color and women by providing content, visibility, technical support and connectivity with important stakeholders who might be essential in accelerating the growth of their businesses, as well as access to an ecosystem of best in class global partners providing a variety of resources.

Morton Salt
Morton Salt released a statement announcing their commitment to racial and social justice. Morton’s is pledging $500,000 in the next year to new and existing nonprofit partners committed to creating greater access to education, food security, and social services that support Black communities specifically, as well as other communities of color in its hometown of Chicago and beyond. Morton’s is also donating $100,000 to the My Block My Hood My City Small Business Relief Fund to address the immediate needs of small and minority-owned businesses trying to rebuild in the wake of recent unrest, providing employee volunteerism opportunities with organizations that support equality and social justice in the communities where it operates, and connecting with employees, community leaders and advocacy groups to determine how Morton’s can best support the Black community now and in years to come.

Nasdaq CEO Adena Friedman shared a statement on LinkedIn regarding the events following the death of George Floyd.

In September 2020, a handful of U.S. companies have pledged to add a Black director to their boards within the next year through an initiative launched Wednesday dubbed the "Board Challenge." Another 27 companies that already have at least one black director on their board, including Nasdaq, have also joined in on the pledge to support and "use their resources to accelerate change," according to a statement announcing the initiative.

National Grid
National Grid released a statement expressing that they stood in solidarity with black communities and that black lives matter.

NetApp CEO George Kurrian sent a message standing in solidarity with the black community and asking employees to be more aware of racial issues.

New Balance
New Balance released a series of tweets in support of their minority athletes and George Floyd

Nike released a video on Twitter with the message of "Don't Do It" in response to George Floyd's death. Adidas stood in solidarity with Nike and shared the video. The company also announced $40 million commitment to support racial equality.

Jordan Brand’s commitment to the Black Community ties to one goal: equal opportunity and equal justice for all Black people. The Brand’s new series, Jordan REAL TALK, highlighted key issues facing the Black community and how to drive actionable solutions. Hosted by social commentator Angela Rye, the series featured Jordan family athletes and influencers, journalists, social justice experts and community activists in candid conversation. With focus on education and awareness, two of the priority areas of Jordan Brand’s community commitment, Jordan REAL TALK’s aim is to help people better understand how racism still affects the Black community today.

Novant Health
Novant Health released a video on Twitter expressing their support of diversity.

OhioHealth participated in the #WhiteCoatsForBlackLives and kneeled in solidarity with the black community on June 8.

Old National Bank
Old National Bank is pleased to announce its partnership with Bankable and the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) to promote and support Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs). This partnership will provide unique and flexible financing solutions and business development resources to Mid-States MSDC certified MBEs within the State of Indiana to ensure each entity’s future stability, growth and success. Old National is providing $50,000 in funding to launch the partnership with an emphasis on broadening economic development and financial empowerment initiatives among diverse businesses and geographies.

One Gas
One Gas released a statement on Twitter standing in solidarity with black communities and against racism.

Paramount Pictues
Research shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted communities of color from housing and jobs to healthcare. Congresswoman Karen Bass and Community Coalition Los Angeles initiated the COVID-19 Communities of Color Impact Survey to collect the information required to identify needs and inform legislation and local support campaigns. The Paramount Pictures Volunteer Crew, which is committed to supporting our community partners with service, will support this information gathering initiative with the goal of 25 employees each contributing 4 hours or more in their virtual phone bank to encourage LA County residents to complete the survey throughout the month of February. It joins in support of serving those most vulnerable among us impacted by this pandemic and salute Community Coalition LA for their 35-year legacy empowering people to be the creators of change, as we are more powerful united as a community than when acting alone.

Plexus Worldwide
Plexus Worldwide participated in BlackOutTuesday and announced that they stood in solidarity against racism.

Port of Seattle
Port of Seattle released a statement in support of Black Lives Matter on Twitter.

Premera Blue Cross
Premera Blue Cross held a forum on racial inequality and gave their support against racism.

PSEG announced the creation of the Powering Equity and Social Justice initiative and a $1 million commitment to support organizations that address the racial injustice, inequality and human rights in communities of color.

PSEG also partnered with Rutgers University Center on Policing (COP) and announced the launch of a landmark police reform initiative to help New Jersey police departments review policies and practices, and help them improve relationships with diverse communities. The PSEG Foundation grant will provide startup funding for the Rutgers COP’s Community Engagement Police Reform Program, an educational and resource center that will help law enforcement agencies conduct reviews and revisions of policies and training. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement throughout New Jersey to collaborate with experts who can help them develop policies and tactics that are in line with the changing needs of their communities.

PwC Chair Tim Ryan sent a message expressing what PwC will do to fight racism, including creating a D&I Council, donating $250,000 to The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Dream Corps., The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation and The Center for Policing Equity and match up to $1,000 of our peoples' individual donations to these four organizations, and volunteering more at racial justice nonprofits.

In September 2020, PwC shared the results of the firm’s first-ever Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Transparency Report in a live webcast with its 55,000 U.S. employees. The firm has pledged full transparency as part of six new commitments to accelerate PwC’s goal of racial equity in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, and this marks a promise kept. PwC is eager to make progress toward a fully just work place, and complete transparency is a good first step.

The PSEG Foundation has announced $1 million in grant funding to three historically Black college and universities: Hampton University, Howard University, and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. This funding will provide qualifying students with an opportunity to attend prestigious universities and pursue studies in STEM education. Through these grants, the PSEG Foundation hopes to help diversify the STEM workforce by providing underrepresented students access to STEM education and generating a pipeline of competitive and capable talent for the future workforce, as well as the next generation of scientific and policy leaders in environmental science, sustainability, and social justice.

Qlik released a statement on Twitter affirming their commitment to racial equality and social justice.

QVC CEO Mike George released a statement on Twitter declaring that the company stood in solidarity with their black colleagues. QVC also announced a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and to match up to $1 million in employee donations.

Raytheon CEO Gregory J. Hayes sent a letter to Raytheon employees addressing George Floyd's death.

Raytheon Technologies is honoring “Giving Tuesday” with a five-year, $25 million commitment to support marginalized individuals and communities through programs focused on racial justice, empowerment and career readiness. As part of the philanthropic commitment, the company will provide a two-to-one matching gift. For every dollar Raytheon Technologies' employees donate to select nonprofits working in the area of racial justice, the company will donate two. Last month Raytheon Technologies finalized commitments to the Congressional Black Caucus for the establishment of its first-ever Defense and Aerospace Policy Fellowships, and the Faith & Politics Institute for initiatives that will help drive important bipartisan policy conversations to address issues like diversity and racial equity. The company is also providing money, resources and support to more than a dozen organizations that focus on STEM education, and work in communities underrepresented in technical fields. These include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Girls Who Code, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, NAF, and the National Society of Black Engineers, among others.

Relativity released a statement on Twitter stating that they stood with the black community.

Robert Half
Robert Half released a statement declaring that they will continue to adhere to racial justice. 

Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation made a statement on Twitter that they would stand and listen to racial diversity.

Royal Bank of Canada
RBC committed $1.5 million to racial justice organizations in North America, including the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative in the US and the Black Business and Professional Association, Business Is Jammin’ and Tropicana Community Services in Canada.

City National Bank, an RBC subsidiary, announced a $400,000 donation to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Equal Justice Initiative.

S&P Global
S&P Global is taking the following actions to accelerate progress in diversity and inclusion: leading courageous conversations with employees to develop greater understanding; tripling the number of full-time people devoted to accelerating Diversity & Inclusion; doubling financial investments in D&I initiatives and Employee Resource Groups; expanding existing inclusion training globally to address bias and micro-aggressions; and contributing USD $1M via the S&P Global Foundation to non-profit organizations that support equity and racial justice.

SAIC CEO Nazzic Keane declared that the company stood for racial diversity.

Sallie Mae
The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae, will contribute $4.5 million in scholarships and grants over the next three years to increase higher education access and completion among minority students and underserved communities and to support educational programs that advance social justice, diversity, inclusion, and equality. Specifically, the Sallie Mae Fund, in partnership with The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will launch new programs this fall to provide a total of $3 million in scholarships over the next three years to help minority students and underserved communities access to higher education and complete their post-secondary education program.

Salt River Project via Direct Communication with BCCCC
At Salt River Project, a pilot advisory council consisting of Employee Resource Groups leadership was established in an effort to support corporate Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) strategy to build an inclusive and engaged workforce. ERGs supported diversity & inclusion initiatives by hosting events to engage employees. Such efforts include: MLK Day became an official SRP holiday and the African American Cultural Committee ERG hosted an employee virtual event in celebration of this holiday; HablamosSRP ERG hosted a series of events to commemorate Hispanic Heritage month and spotlight employees and their community involvement stories.

Sanofi released a statement on Twitter that they stood against racism.

Santander Bank
Santander Bank released a statement on Twitter standing for diversity and respect.

Santander US announced that it is redoubling its commitment to racial equity and justice with $5.2 million in giving and initiatives supporting social equity. “The actions we are announcing today are part of the ongoing work that Santander is doing to help make our country, our communities and our company places where equality and justice prevail,” said Tim Wennes, Santander US CEO. “This starts with listening to our Black colleagues and hearing their perspectives, engaging in meaningful conversations with community leaders about racial inequality and how to help eradicate it, and providing financial support to organizations dedicated to bringing about real change for people of color.”

Seyfarth Shaw
Seyfarth Shaw inclusion & diversity officer Kori Carew released a statement to employees expressing grief at the death of George Floyd and vowing to ensure that diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of Seyfarth Shaw's efforts. Carew also stated that Seyfarth will be offering pro bono and community service opportunities as well as holding a discussion on racism and inclusion.

CEO Tobi Lutke announced that Shopify will donate $500,000 to NAACP LDF, $250,000 to Black Health Alliance and $250,000 to Campaign Zero

Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines released a statement standing in solidarity with the black community. The company is also donating $500,000 to advance the missions of 100 Black Men of America and National Urban League.

Stantec CEO released a statment on Twitter denouncing racism and celebrating diversity.

Subaru of America
Subaru of America, Inc., released a statement saying that it is standing with a nation rising to fight social injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, along with the untold other Black Americans. Working together with the leadership of its employee resource group Black & Latino Employee Network for Diversity at Subaru (BLENDS), Subaru is announcing a $500,000 donation to the Equal Justice Initiative. Also, in collaboration with its partners, Performance Paradigm, Subaru is expanding its equity, inclusion, and diversity training experiences. Subaru has already introduced R.I.C.H. Dialogues, a conversation tool that explores how to have meaningful dialogues around race, identity, culture and heritage to the executive team and managers. Furthermore, Subaru commits to do even more to create a culture of inclusion throughout all levels of its company.

Symetra released a statement declaring the need for change to promote racial justice. 

Synopsys released a statement that they stood in solidarity with George Floyd.

Sysco participated in BlackOut Tuesday and stood in solidarity against racism.

TJX [via communication with BCCCC]
In a recent press release, TJX has announced that they are also donating $10 million over two years to global organizations that combat racism and address systemic racism. 

T. Rowe Price
T. Rowe Price CEO Bill Stromberg released a statement committing the company to fighting racial injustice.

T. Rowe and Price and its Foundation announced a $2 million commitment to organizations working to fight racial injustices. The donation is a continuation of the firm's commitment to racial equity, which became a stronger focus following the 2015 Baltimore unrest resulting from the death of Freddie Gray. The Foundation will work closely with an advisory committee that will include representation from the firm's associates to determine the recipients of this donation.

Following the June 2020 announcement of a $2 million grant to organizations working to fight racial injustice, T. Rowe Price announced the focus areas, determined by an advisory committee of the form’s associates, as well as the recipients of the grants. A total of $775,000 will be granted to advancing well-being, $400,000 to expanding access to racial justice education, and $825,000 to supporting entrepreneurs working to facilitate community development.

Target CEO Brian Cornell released a note acknowledging the pain experienced by the black community in response to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Target also made an announcement that they will be closing down all stores as long as the riots/protests continue out of fear for the safety of their employees, paying them up to 14 days of scheduled hours.

Target announced a $10 million donation to support racial justice and 10,000 hours of pro-bono consulting services for minority-owned small businesses.

In September 2020, Target announced plans to increase the diversity of its workforce, pledging to grow its percentage of Black employees by 20% over the next three years. The retailer announced the goal with plans to create programs to advance and retain staff. It also released a workforce diversity report, a detailed racial and gender breakdown of the company across all levels.

TD Ameritrade
TD Ameritrade announced that they will be donating $500,000 to the National Urban League to fight for racial justice.

TD Bank
TD Bank CEO Bharat Masrani released a statement making it clear that racism would not be tolerated by TD. He also expressed condolences to his employees who were being affected by the wake of George Floyd's death.

Telus announced on Twitter that they stood with racial justice and donated $50,000 to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Teradata made a statement on Twitter in solidarity with racial justice and a pledge to donate to racial justice organizations.

Texas Health Resources
CEO Barclay Berdan wrote a message encouraging Texas Health Resources employees, phisicians on medical staff and those in its facilities to aprticipatein the White Coats for Black Lives movement. 

Texas Instruments [via communication with BCCCC]
The Texas Instruments Foundation Board of Directors has committed an initial $1 million to support racial equity.

TJX CEO Ernie Herman released a statement expressing sorrow at the death of George Floyd and stating that TJX would stand by racial justice. He also encourages employees to hold conversations and to empathize with one another.

Travelers pledged $1 million to assist nonprofits dedicated to advancing racial equity across the United States and rebuilding damaged businesses in Minnesota where the company has a significant presence. 

UL CEO Jenny Scanlon made a statement standing for diversity and against racism.

UPS released a statement calling for justice and reform to advance equality. The company is allocating $3.2 million for programming to support employment, education, small businesses, advocacy and reform with longstanding UPS partners including the National Urban League, the NAACP, United Negro College Fund and the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Education Fund, among others. UPS also committed $1 Million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture and one million UPS employee volunteer hours of service around the world in support of mentorship and educational programming in underserved Black communities.

USAA has committed $50 million to nonprofit organizations over the next three years to help improve racial equality and positively address the employment, educational and economic disparities that exist within communities of color and low-income military communities. The goal of its targeted contributions is to help close gaps across education and job training, employment and income disparity. “At USAA, we strive to create an environment where all employees feel like they truly belong and have the opportunity to reach their full potential,” USAA President and CEO Wayne Peacock said. “This commitment extends to the communities in which we live and work. It’s our mission to care for military families, a community that reflects our nation’s racial, social and economic diversity — and the complex issues that come with it. We recognize that there is more USAA can do to help close inequality gaps, and these investments are a fundamental part of our efforts.”

U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank will increase new lending to black-owned businesses and rebuild three Minneapolis branches damaged in riots last week, its parent U.S. Bancorp said Friday as it announced other steps to combat racial inequality. US Bank Chief Diversity Officer Greg Cunningham released a statement expressing grief over George Floyd and challenging banks to do a better job of addressing minority bankiing issues.

U.S. Bank also announced several investments and initiatives to bridge social and economic gaps and enhance opportunity for people of color. The $116 million commitment will go towards rebuilding and investing in Minneapolis. The company is also providing an additional 8 hours of paid time off to employees so that they can volunteer in their communities during the next two months as recovery efforts are underway.

U.S. Bank announced today details of a $15 million Rebuild and Transform Fund, which will help small businesses impacted by civil unrest and support organizations working to address systemic economic and racial inequities. The U.S. Bank Foundation will make philanthropic investments in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations, with a priority on Black-led nonprofits. The initial $5 million in grants will be distributed in the Twin Cities as general operating support and will include funding to grantees to support trauma care for staff or residents in impacted areas.

U.S. Bank allocated an additional $5 million in donations to local communities as part of its $15 million U.S. Bank Foundation Rebuild and Transform Fund, addressing rebuilding in corridors impacted by social unrest and systemic racial inequities in small business, housing and workforce advancement. The Fund is part of the bank’s previously announced $116 million commitment to address social and economic inequities. “Our focus is on listening to and learning from community leaders and responding to critical needs,” said Reba Dominski, Chief Social Responsibility Officer for U.S. Bank. “Today we are proud to share the details of our philanthropic giving to 10 additional markets across the country that historically experience low economic mobility. We are investing in organizations led by people of color and providing general operating funds because we trust community leaders to know how, when and where to use these funds for the greatest impact.”  

Vanguard released a statement on Twitter standing against racism.

CEO Hans Vestberg released a statement of commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Verizon Foundation has pledged $10M to aid organizations dedicated to equality and social justice, shared equally with the following organizations: The National Urban League, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Action Network, Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, Rainbow Push Coalition, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

In September 2020, a handful of U.S. companies have pledged to add a Black director to their boards within the next year through an initiative launched Wednesday dubbed the "Board Challenge." Another 27 companies that already have at least one black director on their board, including Verizon, have also joined in on the pledge to support and "use their resources to accelerate change," according to a statement announcing the initiative.

ViacomCBS President Chris McCarthy sent an internal memo to employees condeming the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. He also pledged to use ViacomCBS's platform to spread awareness of racial injustice and inequality and to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion. McCarthy also announced that Viacom platforms will observe an 8 minute and 46 seconds moment of silence on June 1 in memorial of George Floyd.

Nickelodeon presented a program on June 29, 2020 hosted by Alicia Keys that amplified the voices and experiences of Black children across the country amid current events. The special featured the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement answering questions from real kids, offered tools for families to have constructive conversations about race and inclusivity, and highlighted teen activists who are fighting racial injustice. Kids, Race and Unity: A Nick News Special is the first of a series of Nick News specials that will air on Nickelodeon in the coming months. 

BET (a subsidiary of ViacomCBS), the nation’s leading provider of quality content for African American audiences, and Together Beat Hate, an organization focused on creating replicable models for fighting antisemitism and other forms of prejudice, racism, and hate, are joining forces to shine a light on heroes of the past and leaders of today who are using their platform to combat hate. The partnership will launch in celebration of National Religious Freedom Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. BET and Together Beat Hate will celebrate leaders in various areas as the country focuses on important moments in history and social movements: National Religious Freedom Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January), Black History Month (February), Women’s History Month (March), Sexual Assault awareness Month (April), American Jewish Heritage Month (May) and Pride Month (June).

Executive Vice Chairman and CEO Stefano Pessina wrote a message to customers, team members and communities addressing the tragic death of George Floyd and expressing the company's commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, equal treatment and safety of all people. 

The Walt Disney Company
Disney CEO Bob Chapek, Executive Chairman Bob Iger, and Chief Diversity Officer Latondra Newton released a joint statement to their employees condemning the killing of George Floyd and vowing for "real change". They stated that they will put more effort into opening up communications within the company. Disney has also pledged $5 million to organizations fighting for racial justice, with the first $2 milion going to the NAACP as well as matching employee donations to such organizations.

Colin Kaepernick and Walt Disney Co. have reached a deal that brings together the activist quarterback and the entertainment giant to produce content about the racial and social topics Kaepernick has championed. The Disney-Kaepernick partnership will include “scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice, and the quest for equity,” the parties said in a release, and will “showcase the work of Black and Brown directors and producers.” The content will be available on platforms including ESPN, Hulu and The Undefeated, the ESPN platform that covers racial and cultural issues.

The Walt Disney Company and the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) announced the 2021 Disney UNCF Corporate Scholars Program, supported by a new $1 million commitment from Disney over three years to aid 50 scholars. The new commitment expands on the $1.5 million scholarship program that Disney announced in 2019. Scholars will be awarded a $5,000 annual scholarship and a paid summer internship at The Walt Disney Company. The students also receive, in conjunction with UNCF, mentorship opportunities and assistance securing a possible full-time role with Disney upon graduation. The scholarship recipients are juniors and seniors majoring in finance, human resources, legal, production/media and technology. They are enrolled at four-year institutions, including many Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs).

WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar responded to the George Floyd protests and vandalizing of CNN headquarters by stressing the need to hear the black voices of his employees and to increase their collective empathy with the black community. He also urged for his employees to watch/read four statements on racial injustice. WarnerBros has also joined many other streaming platforms to stream "Just Mercy" for free to help educate people on black civil rights.

Waters Corporation
President and CEO Chris O'Connell shared a message with Waters global employees as a reminder to take action, drive change and build an inclusive world. O'Connell also details actions the company is taking including appointing a Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer, implementing mandatory Learning Path for Diversity & Inclusion trainings and host meetings to engage in dialogue and feedback on the topic of inclusion. 

WE Communications
Global CEO and Founder Melissa Waggener Zorkin wrote a message speaking out about the death of George Floyd and denouncing hate, discrimination and injustice. Waggener Zorkin finishes the message with a call to honor lives lost to senseless acts of unjust violence, a call to reflect on each's own role in moving people to positive action and a call to take action.

Webster Financial
President and CEO John Ciulla wrote a message to employees about the tragic and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Ciulla ends the message by emphasizing the importance of having honest and authentic dialogue across the organization. Webster Financial also announced a $100,000 donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and the RE Center Race & Equity in Education.

Wells Fargo
To address the ongoing issue of disparity in homeownership rates among people of color in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, which is the highest in the US at 50%, Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks® America, and its network member NeighborWorks Home Partners announced NeighborhoodLIFT® program, a $7 million collaboration to boost homeownership in Minneapolis and St. Paul for low- and moderate-income individuals by offering $15,000 in down payment assistance to 425 eligible homebuyers. “Homeownership is a key pathway to housing stability, wellness and wealth accumulation, but far too many people—including people of color—aren’t able to overcome the barrier of coming up with a down payment,” said Laurie Nordquist, lead region president for Wells Fargo Bank in Minnesota. “Together with NeighborWorks America and NeighborWorks Home Partners, this initiative will help more low- and moderate-income families become successful homeowners in Minneapolis and St. Paul.”

Wells Fargo also announced equity investments in six African American Minority Depository Institutions (MDIs) as part of its March 10, 2020, pledge to invest up to $50 million in Black-owned banks. As part of the capital investment, the banks will have access to a dedicated Wells Fargo relationship team that will provide financial, technological, and product development expertise in order to help each institution grow and benefit their local community. In the ongoing pandemic, communities of color have been disproportionately impacted, and this investment is part of Wells Fargo’s effort to generate a more inclusive recovery across the country.

Wescom Credit Union
Wescom participated in #BlackOutTuesday on June 2nd by taking the day to pause social media activity. CEO Darren Williams also put out a message expressing the company's commitment to building better lives within its community. 

White & Case
White & Case Chair Hugh Verrier sent a message to all employees expressing the need to fight injustice and racism.

Winston & Strawn
Winston & Strawn released a letter expressing grief over the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and affirmed their position against racism. They also stated that their next step would be to work with the Black Lawyers Network for recommendations on what steps they should take.

Xcel Energy
Xcel Energy tweeted a message denouncing racism, intolerance and discrimination. The company's CEO, Ben Fowke also signed a letter with other Minnesota CEOs addressing the death of George Floyd and committing to make a substantive change in each's organization. 

President and CEO Victor Peng wrote a message to employees in solidarity with the Black community and in support of peaceful protests against racism and inequality. The company is donating to organizations fighting to end discrimination, including the Color of Change, the Equal Justice Initiative, the NAACP LDF, and the National Urban League.

Yum! Brands
Yum! Brands, Inc. and KFC U.S. announced plans to invest $6 million over five years to advance equity and opportunity across Louisville, particularly in the West End. This expanded investment in Louisville will target endeavors that tackle inequality and uplift Black students, educators, entrepreneurs and social change agents. The local commitment is part of Yum! Brands’ global Unlocking Opportunity Initiative announced in June, in which the Company committed $100 million over five years to promote equity and inclusion, education and entrepreneurship for employees, frontline restaurant teams and communities around the world. The expanded work led by Yum! and KFC U.S. is expected to catalyze opportunity for the talent in Louisville through partnerships and financial contributions to entrepreneurship, education and equity and inclusion initiatives benefiting underserved areas of Louisville and tackling systemic racism.

Zendesk published a blog detailing 5 core actions that the company is taking to take an active role in establishing a more equitable society. These actions include: supporting employees, empowering managers to engage in meaningful conversations, formalizing policies, investing in global diversity, equity and inclusion and donating money to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP.

Zovio put out a message denouncing racism and violence, stating that these things are not acceptable, nor tolerated at the company.