Ready Response: Inclusion and Diversity and COVID-19, Upcoming Online Events, and More


COVID-19 is disrupting business operations and ESG programs across the world. To support your efforts in this time of disruption, we’re rounding up relevant Center resources, news, company best practices, and research and gathering it in one place at Resource(ful).

Blog: Inclusion and Diversity and COVID-19

The pandemic has brought existing inequalities into sharp focus, and this is the perfect time to think about what we can change for the better. READ MORE


Upcoming Online Events

MEMBER MEETUP | Addressing Communication Challenges

Weds 5/27 at 3PM ET

Join this webinar to learn from three leading practitioners about how they are working to harmonize GRI, SASB, and TCFD standards and improve the quality and comparability of their reports. This webinar will offer practical insights about how you can provide useful information to managers, investors, employees and other stakeholders without breaking your back or your bank.

WEBINAR | New Research Release: Profile of the Professionals

Tues 6/2 3pm ET

Thinking about your next corporate citizenship career steps? Come to this webinar and learn how most people move through their careers in CSR, what skills, responsibilities, and education can help boost your salary, and which roles are most likely to be promoted from within or externally recruited. The chief corporate responsibility officer at FedEx will share insights about her own career and how she thinks about developing her team. 


Members in Action

Check out our ongoing list of how companies are responding to COVID-19.

Banfield Pet Hospital has enabled associates to take the time they need away from work during the outbreak without added stress, whether to prioritize their own health and wellbeing or to care for their loved ones. The company is temporarily expanding company-paid sick leave and has modified its PTO policy for COVID-19-related circumstances. If any associates or their family members need extra emotional support during this time, they have access to free support from professional counsellors in person, via phone, or through video calls. Clinicians are available 24/7.

Evergy is committing $2.2 million to help agencies, communities and customers respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing its 2020 planned community giving to more than $8 million. Evergy will support the community through emergency nonprofit grants, small business assistance, and support for customers in need of assitance with energy payments. 

Texas Instruments and the TI Foundation have committed more than $10 million toward global COVID-19 relief efforts through grants, in-kind donations and employee/retiree giving.

How is your company responding to COVID-19? Let us know by contacting us at


Relevant Tools & Research

OSHA releases industry-specific COVID-19 guidance for returning to work

As some states begin to relax coronavirus related restrictions, many employers are contemplating how to bring employees back to the office while keeping workers safe. READ MORE

Issue Brief: Diversity & Inclusion

Companies are not only seeking to achieve the business benefits that are associated with diverse employee populations and successful inclusion programs, but are also working to effect positive social change to ensure the future growth of both the national and global economy. READ MORE


News You Can Use

The number of women CEOs in the Fortune 500 hits an all-time record

The number of women running America's largest corporations has hit a new high: Thirty-seven of the companies on this year's Fortune 500 are led by women CEOs. This year's tally surpasses last year's, yet, even with representation in record numbers, women run just 7.4% of the 500 businesses on the ranking. Some of this year's new women CEOs arrived on the list after taking over from predecessors who are men. Carol Tomé, for example, will begin her run as CEO of UPS in June. Fortune

The pandemic upended child care. It could be devastating for women.

Industry groups are predicting that one-third to half of child-care centers may not reopen following the worst of the coronavirus pandemic. When parents return to work, there will be fewer available daycare slots and probably higher tuition rates. Families will likely have to decide between staying at home or going back to work. Experts warn that the bulk of these decisions will fall on women, which may be devastating for women’s employment. Washington Post