The World Economic Forum has launched a global coalition to tackle racism in the workplace.
Mayo Clinic is a founding member of the Partnering for Racial Justice in Business initiative, a coalition committed to building an equitable and inclusive workplace for all.
The initiative is aimed at tackling exclusion and bias, as well as discrimination related to race, gender, ability, sexual orientation and all other forms of human diversity. The coalition brings together 48 organizations representing 13 industries and more than 5.5 million employees worldwide.
"Mayo Clinic stands united in strong commitment toward anti-racism and rejecting all discrimination," says Anjali Bhagra, M.D., medical director for Mayo Clinic's Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. "Our vision is to create a global environment of empowered belonging for everyone. This vision of belonging is a welcoming culture where all voices and perspectives are encouraged, acknowledged, celebrated and valued."
The coalition has set three areas of focus to create change in the workplace:
These areas of focus align with Mayo Clinic's $100 million effort to eradicate racism in all its forms and the institution's core values to put the needs of the patient first, regardless of the color of their skin.
The coalition will work to eradicate racism by setting new global standards for racial equity in business and providing a platform for institutions to collectively advocate for inclusive policy change.
Mayo Clinic's long-standing commitment against racism dates back to William J. Mayo, M.D., who said of the first Mayo Clinic building during its construction, "Within its walls, all classes of people, the poor as well as the rich, without regard to color or creed, shall be cared for without discrimination."