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many hands coming together in a circle as fist bumps Together, corporations — especially those who employ large numbers of Americans and exert social and/or political influence — are positioned to drive real change in society. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Although many companies have long held diversity, equity and inclusion as core values, public incidents over the past year have put those values to the test and inspired corporate leaders to examine whether their actions truly promote a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace. Most leaders, myself included, recognize that we can and should do more.

For many companies, renewed efforts toward DEI started with internal and public statements following high-profile acts of racial injustice, such as the deaths of Black Americans in police custody or acts of violence against Asian Americans. As those incidents rose to national prominence, a wave of businesses pledged to do their part to address systemic racism, intolerance and injustice. Together, corporations — especially those who employ large numbers of Americans and exert social and/or political influence — are positioned to drive real change in society.

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