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Advancing Racial Equity

As part of our broader mission, JUST is engaged in a multi-year initiative to track and advance racial equity in corporate America by providing market participants with the tools and resources they need to incentivize action and build a more just and inclusive economy. This ongoing work includes establishing the Corporate Racial Equity Alliance along with partners PolicyLink and FSG, polling the public to elevate their voice and priorities, developing racial equity reporting standards and recommendations for corporate leaders, tracking corporate actions and best practices, producing research and analysis to reveal the ongoing state of play as well as the business and investor case for continued action, as well as collaborating with investors to incentivize investments in companies leading the way.

Tracking Diversity and Equity at America’s Largest Companies

 

In April 2021, JUST Capital launched a comprehensive Tracker of how the largest public U.S. employers are advancing racial equity within their workplaces and their communities – providing a clear picture of disclosure on 22 key measures of diversity, equity, and inclusion, from workforce demographics to pay equity to anti-discrimination policies.

Providing a Blueprint for Corporate Action

 

In July 2021, JUST Capital – along with partners PolicyLink and FSG – launched the Corporate Racial Equity Alliance, a new initiative that supports corporate leaders looking to build antiracist, equitable practices into their companies’ operations, ultimately contributing toward a more just and equitable economy for all Americans. As part of this ongoing collaboration, we’ve released the 2021 CEO Blueprint for Racial Equity – building on our first iteration released in July 2020 – which provides a robust guide for C-suite leaders as they approach racial equity work and tackle systemic racism across three key domains of corporate influence:

Over the course of the next several years the partners will continue to evolve the Blueprint and develop new racial equity reporting standards. Those new standards around how to track and report progress in advancing racial equity will be featured in future iterations of JUST’s Corporate Racial Equity Tracker to continue to incentivize action toward a more just future.

Polling the Public

 

“Cultivates a diverse and inclusive workplace with equal opportunity” has been one the top five issues for the public for the last several years in our annual survey work, and more than half of respondents agreed that this issue became more important in 2020 than in the year prior, demonstrating racial equity should be a significant part of defining just business behavior. We continue explore and lift up the public’s voice on this critical issue through ongoing public opinion research:

Analyzing Diversity Data and EEO-1 Reports

 

While the EEO-1 Report is not a panacea for diversity, it is the gold standard and the first best step we have to understand the state of representation in corporate America today. Explore into our ongoing analysis here:

Activating and Collaborating with Investors

 

Over the last two years, JUST has been ramping up collaborations with investors to incentivize disclosures – including work with NYC retirement systems on EEO-1 disclosures and with Illinois and Connecticut State Treasureres on board diversity data disclosures – as well as drive investments towards companies leading the way.

Committing to Racial Equity at JUST

 

In all of our areas of focus, JUST Capital aims to practice what we preach – and following the events of summer 2020, JUST Capital made a statement in support of Black Lives Matter and announced a series of actionable commitments to fostering greater racial equity in our own workplace, from auditing the demographic composition of our workforce to conducting a pay equity analysis to diversifying our board. We will share our progress on these commitments in summer 2021.

Showcasing Leadership & Additional Analysis

 

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