Pursuing social justice should be the top priority in any human endeavor: for profit, nonprofit, whatever.
If you are a leader in an organization or company where ensuring that 1) equally qualified people of color and women can occupy a representative set of leadership positions within your workforce over the next calendar year, 2) people of color and women receive equal pay for equal work, and 3) actionable steps are being taken to promote equity and inclusion across every dimension of diversity (especially race) are not in your top five priorities for 2017, you are abdicating your responsibility to your mission and/or stockholders.
Companies in the Top 25% of racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more likely to outperform their industry competitors on that one metric alone. Name one investment that has that kind of power on a company’s bottom line.
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