RACE & EQUITY
The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) acknowledges the historic and systemic barriers to capital and opportunity for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian communities, women, and gender nonconforming as a significant barrier to our collective mission. ASBC is committed to address the systemic inequities in America’s economy and society and to hold policy makers accountable to the promise of equal justice and opportunity. It is clear that while we support all entrepreneurs, our work requires that we place an urgent and immediate focus on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We understand that any abundance that is not, “abundance for all,” is not abundance, at all.
Equal protection under the law is not only a civil right, it is also what makes free and fair business possible. We know that our economy is more robust and more sustainable when increased and different people can participate and bring their entrepreneurial vision to life. In this moment, when our colleagues and allies are awakening to the critical need for this work, we must lead the field with integrity and accountability to the communities that we wish to serve as we build an equitable and sustainable economy.
ASBC recognizes that even as leaders in this work, we have a lot to learn. With clear intent and earnest effort, our leadership, staff, and members have established the right building blocks but need help to understand the depth of our task and the comprehensive implementation of JEDI based solutions into all decisions, planning, recruitment, programs, communications, etc. With that in mind, ASBC will engage and grow our community, and seek leaders in the field to ensure that our impact matches our vision.
The killing of twenty-year-old Daunte Wright in Minneapolis is yet another tragic reminder of the urgency to transform our law enforcement system into an equitable, community-oriented force that eliminates racism at its root. At ASBC we believe that constructing an economic model that works for all requires the introduction of substantial policy solution to remove racism and racist practices from policy departments across the country, that’s why we urge for the prompt passage in Congress of H.R 1280 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 and S. 492 Ending Qualified Immunity Act.
ASBC’s Race and Equity Working Group was created to address the inequities prevalent and pervasive in the economic and social construct of the United States and to hold our legislators accountable to social and economic justice. We ensure that the dignity and respect of diverse perspectives, voices and values of a multicultural America are heard and reflected in ASBC’s policy work toward creating an equitable and compassionate economy for all.
The business community must take a leadership role in advocating for and implementing the changes which are necessary to protect the lives of members of every community. Right now that means helping to curb the police violence that has so brutally affected our community members of color, particularly Black Americans.
Unless opportunities and gains are shared equitably among all workers, owners, and business leaders, we will not have strong, ongoing economic growth. Inequality among ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities hinders prosperity for all and fuels the need for safety nets in lieu of self empowerment, independence, dignity and respect.