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To­gether We must Am­plify black lead­er­ship

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We are reck­on­ing with a re­al­ity that is not new…far from it. For too long, Black lives, Black joy and Black fu­tures have sti­fled un­der the weight of sys­temic racism. this sum­mer, the Co­caCola Com­pany met the mag­ni­tude of a cul­tural turn­ing point. We lis­tened to our black em­ploy­ees, whose sense of per­sonal safety and be­long­ing was erod­ing. We lis­tened to our com­mu­nity lead­ers and so­cial jus­tice ad­vo­cates, whose hope in the pri­vate sec­tor as an ally was wan­ing. our path for­ward to a bet­ter, more just and eq­ui­table fu­ture is il­lu­mi­nated by Black lead­er­ship. it an­chors the Coca-Cola Com­pany’s ap­proach to mean­ing­ful ad­vo­cacy – where our words and our ac­tions align – so our busi­ness and world can emerge stronger. our growth is guided by the re­siliency and vi­sion of Black lead­ers like Lori ge­orge Billings­ley, global Chief Di­ver­sity & In­clu­sion Of­fi­cer, and Va­lerie R. Love, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent of Hu­man re­sources and so­cial Jus­tice ex­ec­u­tive Chair for Coca-Cola north Amer­ica. We will sus­tain our growth by strength­en­ing our Black lead­er­ship tal­ent pipe­line – am­pli­fy­ing the voices of Black lead­er­ship from every level of our or­ga­ni­za­tion and ac­cel­er­at­ing their pro­fes­sional ad­vance­ment. Coca-Cola’s so­cial jus­tice work un­der­way to­day is chart­ing a bold path for the fu­ture of our busi­ness – with a level of em­pow­er­ment, agility, en­ergy and com­mit­ment un­prece­dented in our com­pany his­tory. Frag­mented tac­tics will not cre­ate the sys­temic change that is des­per­ately needed. our strat­egy to lis­ten, lead, in­vest and ad­vo­cate mo­bi­lizes our legacy of ad­vanc­ing civil rights and ral­lies the strength of our em­ploy­ees to make our vi­sion a re­al­ity. to­gether, we must am­plify Black lead­er­ship on this jour­ney.

“Di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion is more than a com­mit­ment. It’s how we de­fine our­selves and who we as­pire to be at AIG. We be­lieve in hav­ing an in­clu­sive com­pany cul­ture that re­spects all, lis­tens to all and ben­e­fits from the di­ver­sity of our col­leagues.” brIAN DUPEr­rEAULt Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer

At AIG, the di­ver­sity of our peo­ple is one of our great­est strengths and sources of pride. By bring­ing their full, au­then­tic selves to work each day, our col­leagues show us how to bet­ter un­der­stand our clients, in­crease in­no­va­tion and re­duce risk. that’s why, as part of our strate­gic vi­sion, we are fo­cused on fos­ter­ing a cul­ture of in­clu­sion that is de­signed to at­tract, de­velop and re­tain di­verse tal­ent. our com­mit­ment starts at the very top: Aig Ceo Brian duper­reault is a sig­na­tory to Ceo Ac­tion for di­ver­sity & in­clu­sion, and he has per­son­ally cham­pi­oned one of our most suc­cess­ful di­ver­sity & in­clu­sion pro­grams, the em­ployee re­source groups (ergs). our ergs rep­re­sent ar­eas of fo­cus that are im­por­tant to our em­ploy­ees and clients, such as gen­der equal­ity and iden­tity, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, race, eth­nic­ity, faith, di­verse abil­i­ties, gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences and mil­i­tary ex­pe­ri­ence. more than 11,000 Aig em­ploy­ees ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in one or more of the 145+ ergs around the world. some­times more im­me­di­ate ac­tion is needed. Amid protests over so­cial in­jus­tice in the united states and around the world ear­lier this year, Aig granted ad­di­tional vol­un­teer time off to em­ploy­ees who wanted to sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties and pro­mote di­ver­sity, un­der­stand­ing and equal­ity in our so­ci­ety. in recog­ni­tion of these ini­tia­tives—as well as our com­mit­ment to tal­ent re­cruit­ment and de­vel­op­ment, lead­er­ship ac­count­abil­ity, and sup­plier di­ver­sity—Aig has been named to the 2020 di­ver­si­ty­inc top 50 Com­pa­nies for di­ver­sity for the third straight year as well as the Hu­man rights Cam­paign’s “Best Places to Work for LgBtQ equal­ity” for the ninth con­sec­u­tive year. Aig’s ex­ec­u­tive Lead­er­ship team and Board con­tinue to sup­port and pro­mote the strate­gic im­por­tance of our di­ver­sity, equal­ity and in­clu­sion ef­forts, and are deeply com­mit­ted to a di­verse work­force and a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment for ev­ery­one.

Fi­nally, a night­time panel dis­cus­sion in­cluded CEO Ashby, nAACP Ceo Der­rick Johnson, ur­ban League Ceo Marc Mo­rial, Black En­ter­prise Ceo Earl “butch” Graves, Jr., and Color of Change Pres­i­dent rashad robinson, and was mod­er­ated by April ryan, au­thor and Cnn cor­re­spon­dent. videos of all con­cur­rent ses­sions and guests are avail­able for at­ten­dees to watch on the eLC web­site for the rest of oc­to­ber. The first-ever Power of Women at Work (PoWW) took place vir­tu­ally in septem­ber. PoWW gath­ered more than 300 women busi­ness and thought lead­ers for pan­els, work­shops, and Q&A ses­sions on work­place au­then­tic­ity, iden­ti­fy­ing and nav­i­gat­ing bias, and mit­i­gat­ing the ef­fects of gen­der and race in­equity. the foun­da­tion for this one-day pro­gram was Be­ing Black in Cor­po­rate Amer­ica, a study by Co­qual for­merly Cti. the speak­ers were all stel­lar busi­ness pro­fes­sion­als, each rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries: Minda harts, au­thor of The Memo – What Women of Color Need to Know to Se­cure a Seat at the Ta­ble; Julia tay­lor Kennedy, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and co-au­thor of the Co­qual study; Char­lotte Jones-bur­ton, m.d., co-founder of Women of Color in Pharma and a vice pres­i­dent at ot­suka Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals; Aisha bowe, an aero­space engi­neer and co-founder and Ceo of stemBoard; trudy bour­geois, founder and Ceo of the Cen­ter for Work­force ex­cel­lence; and Melissa but­ler, founder and Ceo of the Lip Bar, a ve­gan beauty brand.

2020 ELC/beta Iota boulé black Eco­nomic Fo­rum

once again, the eLC, mcKin­sey & Co., Beta iota Boulé, and the Beta iota Boulé Foun­da­tion hosted Black busi­ness, eco­nomic, non-profit and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers – vir­tu­ally this time – for the 2020 Black eco­nomic Fo­rum (BeF), to dis­cuss the op­por­tu­ni­ties re­vealed in to­day’s twin pan­demics: Covid-19 and racism. the fo­cus of the more than 700 par­tic­i­pants was evolv­ing a Com­mu­nity of Ac­tion to ac­cel­er­ate Black so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. mcKin­sey & Co. up­dated at­ten­dees to the alarm­ing racial wealth gap (rWg) within the frame­work of cur­rent events, be­gin­ning with the es­ti­mated $1-1.5 tril­lion gdP loss to the us caused by the rWg. they also laid out a road map of con­sid­er­a­tions in es­tab­lish­ing an ef­fec­tive Com­mu­nity of Ac­tion to tackle the com­plex so­cio-eco­nomic and pol­i­cyre­lated is­sues. Keynote speaker bruce Gordon, eLC mem­ber and di­rec­tor, northrop grum­man, stated, “in com­pa­nies with Blacks in their board­rooms – and speak­ing truth to power there – we’ve seen suc­cess.” the strat­egy now is to am­plify the im­pact with a Com­mu­nity of Ac­tion. Honored guest ohio Con­gress­mem­ber Joyce beatty promised, “racism is a na­tional cri­sis, and i will do ev­ery­thing in my power to iden­tify strate­gies to close the wealth gap.”

 ??  ?? LOrI GE­OrGE bILLINGs­LEy, Global Chief Di­ver­sity & In­clu­sion Of­fi­cer, the Coca-Cola Com­pany; and vA­LErIE r. LOvE, se­nior vice Pres­i­dent of Hu­man re­sources and so­cial Jus­tice ex­ec­u­tive Chair, Coca-Cola north Amer­ica
LOrI GE­OrGE bILLINGs­LEy, Global Chief Di­ver­sity & In­clu­sion Of­fi­cer, the Coca-Cola Com­pany; and vA­LErIE r. LOvE, se­nior vice Pres­i­dent of Hu­man re­sources and so­cial Jus­tice ex­ec­u­tive Chair, Coca-Cola north Amer­ica
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