Black Equity is Racial Equity

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The time has come for companies to act on racial equity.

Management Leadership for Tomorrow’s [NAME Black Equity @ Work/Black Equity Workplace Certification/etc…] is a first-of-its-kind certification that provides a roadmap for achieving a racially equitable workplace for black [professionals/Americans].

Making a real difference

The first of MLT’s [Racial Equity @Work/Racial Equity That Works] certification series, [Black Equity @ Work] [the Black Equity Workplace Certification] leverages an alliance of top employers, institutional investors, and ratings agencies to build an ecosystem for sustainable change. The certification establishes the standard for what good looks like in diversity plans and policies.

How it works

MLT certified Black Equity workplans are based on five core pillars:

  • Representation
  • Inclusive anti-racist work environment
  • Employee compensation
  • Racially just business practices
  • Racial justice contributions and investments.

Informed by MLT’s 15+ years advising diversity plans for 120+ companies and co-developed with the prestigious Boston Consulting Group (BCG)—the certification has clear criteria to help companies develop and implement initiatives and measurable outcomes to make real change.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Get certified

[X number] of [CHARACTERIZE QUALITY OF SIGNEES] companies have committed to certifying Black Equity workplans certified by early 2021. Join this movement and learn more about how your company can develop an effective Black Equity plan and get certified.

MLT will create the Black Equity Workplace Index framework and scoring rubric based on our years of work with more than 130 large companies and input from leading economists, organizational behavior experts, and the National Employment Law Project.

Assessment Criteria for Black Equity Workplace Index

Black Representation

Increasing Black representation at every level of the organization, from the board of directors and executive leadership, to middle management and exempt and non-exempt employees, with organizations that benefit disproportionately from Black talent or consumers expected to aim higher than the 12.3% of the U.S. population that is Black.

Inclusive, Anti-Racist Work Environment

An organizational plan, including intentional, ongoing training and activities that help Board, leadership, management, and employees move toward being anti-racist, and measures to continually identify and address specific areas to improve the Black employee experience.

Black Employee Compensation

Elimination of compensation inequities between Black and White employees in similar roles, increased representation of Black employees in high compensation roles, and improved compensation and benefits for positions in which Black employees tend to be
overrepresented.

Racially Just Business Practices

Increasing utilization of Black-owned business suppliers and vendors, requiring suppliers and vendors to develop Black Equity Workplace plans, ensuring brand names, marketing, and advertising messages and images do not perpetuate racism, and addressing racist business practices (e.g., profiling or demeaning treatment of Black customers).

Racial Justice Investments and Advocacy

Significant annual investments in organizations or initiatives and advocacy for specific policies and investments that address racial injustice within the communities where organizations do business and are important civic leaders.

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