Structural and institutional racism has been embedded in developing cities, neighborhoods, and communities, forcing many people of color into segregated communities isolated from opportunities and access to infrastructures like quality transportation, housing, health care, and education.
One of the main predictors of life outcomes and access for an individual is the zip code in which one lives. zip code placement comes at a high cost: poorer health and life outcomes for those families, coupled with a direct impact on their ability to be productive employees, customers, and local stakeholders.
Business and community leaders, especially those in HR, philanthropic, and operational roles need to understand this historical context’s impacts if their actions truly drive change. Further, they should align with local governments and organizations to use their influential voice to improve outcomes for communities of color.
Business and community leaders can:
Redesign philanthropy and social impact initiatives to address structural problems
- Assess and repair the philanthropic programs and grants to actively address the upstream problems (e.g., root causes) of racial inequity.
- Assess and increase dollar support to organizations led by people of color.
Advocate and support for local policies that address structural inequities
- Advocate for local policy changes that improve outcomes for employees, customers, and communities of color.
- Support and advance justice, as well as systems to advance community safety. Look to experts in the field to help guide your support.
Support environmental justice