For the EVOLution of Business

Racism Is A Public Health Crisis AND A Business Imperative: "The Healing Force Of Business" Virtual Summit

Episode Summary

On May 19th, 2020, the Rochester Black Agenda Group released a declaration that "Racism is a Public Health Crisis" in our region. Less than a week later, George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis and the ensuing protests led many other cities across America to make similar declarations. The declaration notes that racism is the primary cause of the disparities in mental, physical and financial health among African Americans. These disparities are especially stark in our region, where concentrations of poverty are among the highest in the country and where zip code and skin color can predict life expectancies that vary by as much as a decade. While individuals and organizations can sign the declaration, that is only the first step of a long journey ahead, one that Conscious Businesses must help to lead. Racism is not only a public health crisis, but must also be seen as a business imperative for the health and vitality of our region. How can businesses commit to tackling racism both inside their organizations and in the broader community? Tune in to this episode recorded at Conscious Capitalism ROC's 2020 Virtual Conference "The Healing Force of Business." Featuring: Jerome Underwood - CEO of Action For A Better Community and Co-Founder of Rochester Black Agenda Group Mohammed Ahamed - CEO and Chief Diversity Officer at Engaging Diversity and Inclusion Kesha Carter - Chief Diversity Officer at Coordinated Care Services Ana Liss - Director of Planning and Development at Monroe County

Episode Notes

Read and sign the declaration here:

Rochester, NY chapter of the global Conscious Capitalism movement working to elevate humanity through business. 

Conscious Capitalism is based on four key tenets:

-Higher Purpose (beyond profit)

-Stakeholder Orientation (balancing the needs of employees, customers, suppliers, investors, society and the environment, rather than prioritizing stockholders)

-Conscious Leadership (servant leaders that focus on we rather than me, keeping the organization focused on living its purpose)

-Conscious Culture (fosters love and care and focuses on the holistic wellbeing of employees)

Our mission is to be students and teachers practicing Conscious Capitalism with the belief that these principles empower and advance human flourishing.

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