A session co-organized with the World Bank Group Anti-Racism Task Force
The journey to becoming an anti-racist organization is a relatively new direction of travel for many organizations. Long recognized as a political and social imperative, the social movements of the last two years have pushed the issue of race to the forefront of the diversity, equity and inclusion agenda for employers everywhere. For those organizations and corporations, with a global footprint and a multicultural or international workforce, the call to action has been even louder.
Fostering racial equity and tackling racism and racial discrimination have become strategic objectives for leadership. If talking about race—unpacking and understanding the issues--is the first step, then designing innovative programs and interventions should be the next step, supported by policies, practices and systems that are intentionally and continually revisited and revised.
Becoming an anti-racist organization is not an end-goal: it is an ongoing practice, and practitioners working in this area will need to explore innovative approaches and encourage investment in this area (such as specialist training, surveys). They will also need to clearly articulate and link the business rationale (and, in some cases, the potential business outcomes) for organizations to embark on a racial equity journey. Like all diversity indicators, addressing workplace challenges in the area of race will entail sensitivity and an inclusive strategy of engagement.
The session will explore:
Challenges and opportunities to identifying race;
Innovative approaches to gauge the climate for racial equity;
Moving from analysis to sustainable action;
Giving space to race: conflicting diversity priorities;
Stakeholder engagement and fostering allyship; and
Linking racial equity to organizational values and business outcomes.