It’s not enough to be not racist. We need to speak out and take action against racism and discrimination.
Said more explicitly: we need to be ANTI-RACIST.
EY US Chair and Managing Partner and Americas Managing Partner
Entrepreneurs Access Network
Expanding the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network, our newly launched program focusing on Black and Latinx entrepreneurs. The program leverages our significant Entrepreneur Of The Year™ (EOY) platform to help connect them to peers, sponsors, capital and customers.
Contributing to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs)
Contributing a total of $4 million collectively to four HBCUs to help increase the number of Black and African Americans in professional services.
Making social justice investments
Investing $3 million in organizations committed to fighting social injustices, including inappropriate use of force in law enforcement, incarceration of Black males, health care disparities and economic inequalities in the Black community.
*The below organizations will receive a portion of our remaining $1 million contribution, as determined by our three geographical regions and FSO. This allows funding to be locally contributed in the communities in which we work and live.
Investing in our communities
Investing in our communities through employee volunteer programs and EY-sponsored anti-racism activities, including a paid day of service for employees to attend the August 28, 2020, March in Washington, D.C. commemorating the 57th anniversary of the historic civil rights march. Starting in 2021, EY will also begin observing Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Day as a firm-wide paid holiday. US professionals can choose to participate in EY sponsored anti-racism activities throughout the year, including on MLK Day.
Driving policy change
Using our powerful platform to drive policy change as well as lead actions for change in our communities with our vendors and others with whom we do business.
Reviewing our internal talent and business practices to further advance equity across race. This includes recruiting, hiring and promoting; educating employees; procuring products and services; and marketing and branding.
All these actions would be completely disingenuous if we didn’t continue to challenge our own internal efforts. We need to have a different conversation on what it means to have a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture to drive further and faster change. As part of that, we need to look critically at how we recruit, develop, promote and educate our people on what it means to be anti-racist.
EY US Talent Leader for Diversity & Inclusiveness and EY US Anti-Racism Task Force Leader