FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2023
Director, Marketing and Communications
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) today announces the release of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) guide, Where Do We Go from Here? A Guide to Advance Racial Equity Through Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance. This comprehensive CSR guide is a blueprint for businesses and supporting organizations that challenge discriminatory practices and policies and seek to make a meaningful, positive impact. With an emphasis on genuine advocacy that goes beyond mere financial contributions, the guide empowers businesses to leverage their awareness of racial injustices and to adopt a clear stance on distinct societal matters.
“This guide is a testament to CBCF’s commitment to advancing racial equity and is a valuable tool for businesses aiming to make lasting impact. It not only serves as a catalyst for positive change, but it also aligns with our unwavering commitment to advancing equity and justice for the global Black community,” says Rep. Terri A. Sewell, Chair of the CBCF Board of Directors.
“As champions of social progress and advocates for positive change, we recognize the pivotal role that corporations play in our society and offer this guide as a catalyst for change and a resource to foster ethical leadership and an inclusive business landscape,” says Nicole Austin-Hillery, President and CEO of CBCF. “Through this CSR guide and our Center for Policy Analysis and Research, we invite C-Suite executives, small business leaders, and organizations to explore the transformative power of responsible corporate citizenship.”
Corporate social responsibility and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives are instrumental in demonstrating a company’s commitment to social well-being and ethical conduct. In the same spirit, CBCF’s CSR guide provides invaluable insights, best practices, and actionable strategies, while emphasizing the power of corporate social responsibility to drive positive change in communities and society.
“As a trusted resource, CBCF continues to lead the way in promoting responsible corporate citizenship and sustainability, ensuring that businesses can thrive while contributing positively to the global community,” says John Mason, Chair of the CBCF Corporate Advisory Council. “This guide is not about checking DEI boxes; it’s about making a genuine difference in the communities we serve.”
CBCF’s corporate social responsibility guide stands as a testament to the expertise of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research at the intersection of policy research and social consciousness, emerging in large part from its National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI). Developed by former NREI John R. Lewis Social Justice Fellows, Shelby Birch and Jasmine Payne, this guide reflects the CBCF’s deep commitment to advancing sustainable and ethical business practices and dedication to fostering positive change in the corporate world. With a wealth of research-driven insights and evidence-based strategies, the guide underscores the Center’s contribution to the field of corporate social responsibility.
“In an era where businesses are increasingly aware of their role in society, it’s imperative to have a resource that not only guides but also inspires them to think critically and strategically about their social responsibility efforts,” shares Dr. Jonathan Cox, Vice President of the CBCF Center for Policy Analysis and Research. “Where Do We Go From Here? is a vital tool to assist organizations in taking the initial steps towards making a meaningful impact.”
“Where Do We Go From Here? A Guide to Advance Racial Equity Through Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance” is now available to corporations and organizations seeking to strengthen their commitment to racial equity and social justice. For more information, please visit cbcfinc.org.
About the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research, and educational institute committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public. For more information, visit cbcfinc.org.