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Stand Together Against Racism

By Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP

In light of recent racist acts in Minneapolis, New York City, Louisville, and Brunswick, GA, building on a long history of discrimination touching almost every segment of society, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) reiterates its founding belief that the world’s leading companies can and should be a force for good in society.

Inspired by those words, CECP stands with its companies and partners to condemn visible and invisible discrimination and racism in its many forms. We encourage others to do the same.

Words are just a start. Action is crucial. Don’t wait to see how other companies are responding. Act now to make a statement on your beliefs. Speak up so employees and communities know where you stand.

While each company has its own diversity, equity, and inclusion promises, we believe that collaborative efforts are essential to weave anti-racism into a company’s corporate purpose, meaningfully connect with and listen to employees and communities, invest skills and resources in efforts that can make a difference, and use the voice of the corporate sector to say enough is enough. 

Since its founding two decades ago by Paul Newman and leading CEOs, CECP has endeavored to be on the right side of history. The Covid-19 virus has laid bare the inequities in society, and the recent acts of racism have compounded the pain; as we recover and reinvent society anew, we have the opportunity to create a more just and equitable society, not return to a broken “normal.”

We ask the corporate community to join us in helping to build a better world through business.