Companies join forces to advance equity

New coalition of CEOs, OneTen, commits to measurable change

2020 has laid bare the deep racial inequalities that underpin our society. As this tumultuous year comes to an end, the business community has mobilized to take on that responsibility in a powerful way.

The launch of OneTen – a coalition of thirty-seven companies from a wide range of industries including IBM, Merck, Bank of America, and Walmart – marks an unprecedented corporate commitment to advance racial justice by creating equitable access to upwardly mobile careers.

The coalition’s goal to create one million new careers for Black Americans over the next ten years represents a new direction for business. This group of leading companies is poised to set a new standard in Corporate America – one in which the best companies are those who drive racial equity directly and at scale through their employment practices.

OneTen, together with the recent launch of the Business Roundtable workforce skills initiative, represent over 100 companies taking bold action to implement inclusive hiring, retention and advancement practices – such as those outlined in our Opportunity Employment framework.

We are thrilled and inspired to see this level of corporate leadership and are honored to serve as partners to many participating companies on building more equitable and inclusive talent systems.

“This is a moment in time for Americans to move past our divisions to come together and reach our full potential as a nation. Our country’s workforce of the future will be an increasingly diverse one.”

- Ken Frazier, CEO, Merck -