Anti-Racism in Business



Included below are the Diversity & Inclusion or Black Lives Matter statements issued by organizations participating in the Sustaining the Anti-Racism Momentum symposium. The presence of these statements do not represent sponsorship nor necessarily represent an endorsement of this symposium. Additional resources are provided to support you on your journey toward being an anti-racist in business and beyond.


Lowes statement

At Lowe’s, we are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and for our communities torn apart by violence. We are a company that exists to make homes better, and we recognize that our homes extend beyond walls and into neighborhoods, communities and country.


Kenan-Flagler’s statement

Dear UNC Kenan-Flagler Students, Faculty and Staff, I truly appreciate your calls for changes that will finally and systematically eliminate racial bias and promote inclusion at Kenan-Flagler. Sometimes bad produces good, and I hope that George Floyd’s death is a tipping point for our country to finally address racial injustice. All of my life I have been dreaming this would happen. I am deeply passionate about this. It’s a moral issue for me.


NCCU D&I Commitment

Through programming, education, and training, we work to ensure Eagles excel with an understanding and appreciation for diversity.


LinkedIn’s statement

As important, we – meaning every one of you – are responsible for the world’s largest professional community and social media platform. We have an incredible opportunity and obligation to channel our passion, energy and talent to address some of the very real barriers and systems that have enabled racism to prevail.


EY’s statement

I am deeply saddened and shaken by the recent racist violence. The subsequent protests and demonstrations in the US and around the world have brought into sharp focus a long history of racist violence and injustice. These are not unique to a single country. I believe that racism and police brutality have no place in our societies.


CISCO’s statement

Cisco’s Chairman and CEO, Chuck Robbins, opened his June 1st all-company check-in by admitting he’s leading through uncharted waters. Cisco had held regular weekly check-ins since shelter-in-place orders began in March, to support employees, share information, and answer questions.


Nike’s Statement

Addressing systemic racism in America requires urgent action and sustained engagement — and NIKE, Inc. is committed to both. In 2020, Nike, Converse, Jordan Brand and Michael Jordan committed a combined $140 million over 10 years to invest in and support organizations focused on economic empowerment, education and social justice to address racial inequality for Black Americans.



Altria Group’s statement

As social justice issues reached an inflection point in 2020, Altria launched a Race & Equity Initiative across our companies and publicly committed to address systemic racism faced by Black Americans and advance social and economic equity.


Take the DEI Pledge

By pledging your commitment to further diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace and community, you can help promote and carry out actions that lead to systemic change. Join us in taking the pledge!


Test your Bias: Take the Harvard IAT

The Implicit Association Test (IAT) measures attitudes and beliefs that people may be unwilling or unable to report. The IAT may be especially interesting if it shows that you have an implicit attitude that you did not know about. 

DEI Data Collection

Guidestar: How to Collect and Share DEI Data

Schusterman: MORE THAN NUMBERS: A Guide Toward Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in Data Collection

The Business Case for DEI

McKinsey & Company May 19, 2020 Report, “Diversity Wins: How inclusion matters”

NPR Story Cost of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because of Discrimination

Organizational Culture Resources

  • Toolkit
    Welcoming America: America Needs All of Us: A Toolkit for Talking about Bias, Race and Change
  • TedTalk
    Verna Meyers: How to overcome our biases? Walk boldly toward them
  • DEI Booklet
    Contains information for businesses including a checklist, potential roadmap, and why measuring DEI progress is critical.

Additional Corporate Anti-Racism Statements

Consult this list of statements compiled by Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP).


Kenan-Flagler Business School

UNC Kenan-Flagler offers a broad range of programs in a collaborative culture rooted in core values that date back to its founding in 1919. Graduates are renowned as effective, principled leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills to deliver results in the global business environment.


NC Central School of Business

North Carolina Central University School of Business delivers high-impact undergraduate and graduate business education programs through innovative teaching, relevant scholarship, and academic service learning.



Providing a world-class, transformative scholarship experience for exceptional students who are committed to learning and working at the intersection of business, academia, policy, government and the nonprofit sector at home or abroad.


Minority Student Business Alliance

The Minority Business Student Alliance creates professional opportunities that enable students to actualize their potential. We seek to empower, educate, and elevate underrepresented minorities by providing professional development and networking opportunities with various corporate firms. Although based in UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School, MBSA is open to all business-minded undergraduate students at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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