Nearly 300 CEOs Pledge to Increase Diversity and Inclusion

Only one month after 175 CEOs came together to launch the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, nearly 100 additional CEOs have taken the pledge, committing themselves – and the organizations they lead – to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Business, non-profit and academic leaders are coming together to learn how best to cultivate welcoming, collaborative and thriving environments for their employees. The collective of more than 270 signatories have shared almost 250 actions across a variety of categories – from supplier diversity and succession planning to mentorship and recruitment – exchanging learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations through the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step toward a more diverse and inclusive workforce, which drives innovation and creativity. A recent study found that 85% of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation.

“This collaboration expands our reach and brings in unique values, actions and perspectives to continue to raise the bar for the entire business community,” says Tim Ryan, U.S. chairman and senior partner of PwC and chair of the steering committee for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™.

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ welcomes many different voices and perspectives to foster knowledge sharing and greater collective contributions. And, as the initiative continues to expand the impact and reach of companies, workforces and communities grow as well. The coalition now represents 70 industries, all 50 U.S. States and millions of employees globally.

“With each new signatory that joins the coalition, our group is able to reach a new community, workforce and industry. Adding nearly 100 companies to our group shows that CEOs are looking at advancing diversity and inclusion not from a competitive standpoint, but rather, a collaborative effort to tackle this for all organizations,” says Joe Davis, senior partner and managing director at BCG.

“The rapid growth of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ underscores the importance of our collective focus on truly diversifying today’s workforce. This is just the beginning of our work with other businesses and leaders who are also committed to creating inclusive workplace cultures. We at EY are honored to be a part of this growing movement,” says Steve Howe, U.S. chairman and Americas MP at Ernst & Young.

“Creating an inclusive culture and building a diverse workforce is a strategic driver for our business,” says Jim Powers, CEO at Crowe Horwath. “Leveraging the diversity of experiences, backgrounds and perspectives leads us to make better decisions, fuels innovation and creates an environment where our people feel a sense of belonging. We know that the tone from the top of the organization matters when trying to drive change. I am personally committed to the pledge of the coalition and believe we can achieve greater results by working together with other leaders and organizations in making an impact in the workplace.”