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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Report, 2021


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Early data suggest that the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic fallout have widened inequalities. The evidence that the pandemic is disproportionately affecting the health and the economic resilience of our most vulnerable populations provides an opportunity to examine our assumptions about how that world works and for whom.
Corporate citizenship professionals have an essential part to play in elevating discussions of equity and inclusion, building inclusive programs, and engaging stakeholders to understand how equity can be achieved. Throughout this report, you will see an array of examples of how companies are working to lead with meaningful, and potentially transformative, actions to actively address any and all issues of bias, harassment, discrimination, or under-representation.

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Executive Summary

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  • Historical and socioeconomic context
  • Making the business case for DEI
  • Planning and prioritizing DEI
  • Employee resource groups (ERGs): a primer
  • Delivering business and social value
  • Engaging employees through equity and inclusion

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Resources for corporate citizenship professionals

Course Catalog Online and in-person courses in corporate social responsibility strategy, sustainability reporting, supply chain, communications, community involvement, and other topics for business professionals provide you with actionable skills and solutions for the challenges you and your organization face today—and tomorrow.

ESG & Corporate Citizenship Resource Library Explore the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship digital resource library, where you’ll find research, knowledge, and learning opportunities that help CSR leaders maximize their work.

Certificates in Corporate Citizenship Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship offers four different ESG certificate or CSR certificate programs: Management, Leadership, Sustainability/ESG Reporting, and Practice. Learn more about what's involved and who these programs are designed for.