TIME’S UP Guide to Equity and Inclusion During Crisis

This second edition of The TIME’S UP Guide to Equity and Inclusion During Crisis adds urgent and practical advice for leaders committed to leading anti-racist organizations. The convergence of compounding crises – the coronavirus pandemic, the devastating economic fallout that has accompanied it, and the long overdue reaction to state-sanctioned, racialized violence – has cast an irrefutable spotlight on social and workplace inequity and demonstrates how systemic sexism and racism show up in all aspects of U.S. society. These crises demand immediate action from organizations across sectors. Leaders must navigate them with compassion and resolve, root out inequities that exist within their organizations, define inclusive values, and set up anti-racist practices that will guide their communities now and moving forward.

Prioritizing diversity and inclusion within organizations is a moral obligation and a strategic business decision. Prior to this period of essential examination and transformation, the business case for diversity was overwhelming, and now is not the time to lose any ground. The national reckoning on race makes it even more urgent to examine and combat systemic racism in workplaces of all types and across all industries. We believe that the fight to end gender discrimination and the fight to end systemic racism are all our fight. Both require rigorous self-examination, strong leadership from the top, and a shared commitment to structural change.

Staying invested in building a diverse and inclusive work environment will ensure you retain the best talent, avoid the high cost of turnover, and exhibit the values that clients, customers, and consumers want to see from business in these difficult times. Here are practical actions you can take to build an anti-racist workplace, care for your people, equalize your workplace, and demonstrate your leadership.