The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism announced the names of more than 200 organizations whose CEOs have signed the BlackNorth Initiative’s pledge committing their organizations to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism.
“Until now, Blacks have been left behind by the diversity movement in Canada. Today, that changes,” said Wes Hall, Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism. “In just 47 days we have built the modern, Canadian version of the NAACP. The BlackNorth Initiative is purpose-built to be THE VOICE of Blacks and THE FORCE to drive measurable change for Blacks. Uniquely positioned, it has the reach, resources and approach needed to dismantle anti-Black systemic racism.”
The list of supporting organizations is extraordinarily diverse and spans companies of all sizes, industries and mandates, including; financial services, education, extractive industries, professional services, healthcare, online services, consulting, manufacturing, small to medium sized firms, business associations, private companies, and more.
Notably, 30% of the companies on the TSX 60 have signed the pledge and the total market cap of all committed organizations exceeds $1 trillion1, representing almost one-third of the TSX’s total market cap.
Companies that have not signed the pledge can still do so at www.blacknorth.ca/The-Pledge.
Donate to the BlackNorth Initiative here to help support the development of programs and initiatives to remove anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians. To get involved or to volunteer your time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.