A ROADMAP TO BLACK EQUITY

MLT Black Equity at Work Certification: the clear and comprehensive standard committed employers need to make real progress.

THE NEED IS CLEAR.

THE TIME IS NOW.

BLACK EQUITY AT WORK CERTIFICATION IS HOW.

Employees, consumers, investors, and activists expect employers to help address the stark, persistent inequities between white and Black Americans.

Inaction or token action with respect to Black equity is now an enterprise risk and competitive disadvantage.

Through the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification Program, no matter where your organization is now, you can make major, beneficial progress toward Black equity.

All it takes is real commitment.

Participating Employers

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Why Pursue MLT Black Equity at Work Certification?

MLT Black Equity at Work Certification enables employers to shift from perpetuating the Black inequity problem to propelling the Black equity solution, and benefit in the process.

Racial equity is a priority for consumers, current and potential employees, and investors.

Becoming Black Equity at Work Certified, and being recognized on an ongoing basis by a powerful MLT Black Equity at Work Alliance of respected organizations and high profile ambassadors we’re building, will help employers successfully compete for talent, customers, and investors.

MLT Black Equity at Work Ambassadors

A powerful collective of activists, civic leaders, entertainers, and athletes committed to supporting the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification Program.

Kerry Washington

John Legend

Malcolm Jenkins

Emmanuel Acho

Nnamdi Asomugha

Doug Baldwin

How it Works

MLT Black Equity at Work Certification focuses on People, Purchasing, and Philanthropy and centers on five Pillars:

  • Black Representation at Every Level
  • Compensation
  • Inclusive, Anti-Racist Work Environment
  • Racially Just Business Practices
  • Racial Justice Contributions and Investments

The Certification framework was carefully crafted by MLT with support from BCG to strike the balance between rigor and achievability. No matter where you are now, if you’re truly committed to Black equity, you can achieve MLT Black Equity at Work Certification within three years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Certification?

MLT Black Equity at Work Certification is a critical resource for employers committed to Black equity. It provides the clarity, guidance, and support employers need to make urgently needed, tangible progress. The plan approval process helps employers develop robust, comprehensive plans to achieve Certification in one to three years. The Certification will also provide broad-based recognition that enables employers that take meaningful toward Black equity to stand out.

Why should employers become MLT Black Equity at Work Certified?

As socially conscious investment and consumer trends advance, demonstrating a commitment to Black equity will not only put employers on the right side of history, it will also help their bottom line. Being an MLT Black Equity at Work Certified employer will also boost employee retention and recruitment, result in improved ESG and credit ratings, and could lead to increased access to capital as a result of diversity-focused fund managers choosing to invest.

Who created the Certification?

MLT Black Equity at Work Certification was created by Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), led by CEO John Rice, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).

How do employers become certified?

There are two steps in the Certification process. During step one, employers develop a comprehensive plan to make progress in each of the five pillars of the MLT Black Equity at Work Certification scorecard. Once the plan is approved, employers have up to three years to achieve the minimum qualifying score to become MLT Black Equity at Work Certified.

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