Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Unless opportunities and gains are shared equitably among all workers, owners, and business leaders, we will not have strong, ongoing economic growth. Inequality among ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities hinders prosperity for all and fuels the need for safety nets in lieu of self empowerment, independence, dignity and respect. Much of this inequality stems from long-standing, systemic and structural inequities in the economy that have kept certain groups from having a fair chance to get ahead. The playing field is not level. We are working to correct these debilitating norms by challenging the status quo, bringing our collective voice and interests together to develop and support policy for sound business strategy and practices that will ensure a sustainable, healthy economy for an increasingly diverse global marketplace.
The primary goal of the American Sustainable Business Council is to build a more just, diverse equitable, and inclusive economy. Achieving that depends on the rule of law, under which equal protection is key.
It is long past time to finally and fully confront the vicious, destructive role race has played throughout American history, mocking and subverting the fundamental principles we proclaimed in the foundational documents: our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution.
ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group was created to address the inequities prevalent and pervasive in the economic and social construct of the United States and to hold our legislators accountable to social and economic justice.
Business and the broader economy work best when prosperity is widely shared, especially among historically marginalized populations or those who have faced barriers to opportunity. An inclusive economy is representative of all interests in society – major and minority population groups, women and men of every generation. Bringing about an inclusive economy requires a systems approach that brings together government, the private sector, and communities. We are the bridge to an equitable, sustainable economy.