Supplier Diversity: California’s Economic Engine Event Program

In a state where people of color make up nearly 60% of the population, California’s ethnically diverse economy will be critical to the state’s overall economic recovery. Over the last 10 years, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has built the most successful program in the country to create opportunities for ethnic, women, & disabled veteran-owned companies. Under the CPUC’s leadership, California’s utilities and telecom companies awarded $7 billion in contracts to diverse-owned companies in 2011 alone. The CPUC is now influencing the creation of other state and federal models, driving a more inclusive and equitable economic recovery. This forum will illuminate how this is happening and what’s on the horizon.

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Supplier Diversity Report: California’s Insurance Companies Shirk Contracting with Minorities

In the most diverse state in America, the 10 largest insurers do shockingly little business with suppliers owned by people of color.  Insurers buy huge amounts of goods and services in California – over $23 billion in 2014 alone – but Greenlining’s analysis of data reported by the largest firms shows that they did barely over three percent of their contracting with businesses owned by people of color.

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Supplier Diversity Report: Banks Still Struggle to Contract with Diverse Businesses

The banks with the largest market share in California do little contracting with businesses owned by people of color and women, Greenlining’s analysis finds. In a review of data from 2014, Greenlining found that these top banks did just 4.42 percent of their contracting with minority-owned businesses and just 2.83 percent with women-owned businesses.

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Strengthening Nonprofit Minority Leadership and the Capacity of Minority-Led and Other Grassroots Community-Based Organizations

In December 2008, a group of nine wealthy California foundations, under the umbrella of the “Foundation Coalition”, announced new plans to invest in minority-led nonprofit organizations. This coalition was formed in response to Greenlining-led legislation that would have required foundations to simply disclose diversity data on an annual basis. Overall, the new grant making programs announced by the nine foundations will total $30 million over the next two to three years. Greenlining’s reaction to the announcement is mixed. While we are pleased to see foundations finally working together to address a critical issue for communities of color, we were disappointed that the agreement was limited to “capacity building” and did not take into account larger issues around equity and diversity. Most notably, there are no commitments to long-term operating support for minority-led nonprofits, which we believe is central to the empowerment of communities of color.

 

State of Gentrification: Lending to People of Color in California

The Greenlining Institute and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition analyzed California home mortgage data and found that the numbers paint “a statistical portrait of gentrification.” The analysis, based on data collected by federal regulators for mortgages issued in 2015, shows a number of other concerning patterns, including continuing racial disparities and a startling rise in the role of non-bank lenders. Researchers reviewed statewide data as well as local statistics for Long Beach, Oakland and Fresno, and make recommendations for policy changes and further research.

Social Equity in California Climate Change Grants: Making the Promise Real

California offers a variety of climate change grants that aim to both fight climate change and also create a variety of other benefits. These grant programs can improve air quality and community health, reduce consumers’ energy bills and create clean economy jobs. But far too often these programs fail to adequately reach the communities with the greatest needs, especially low-income communities of color. For that reason, Greenlining believes officials designing these climate change grants must make a conscious, thoughtful effort to embed social equity into all aspects of each program and grant-making process.

A comparison of CalEnviroScreen maps showing the most polluted and economically disadvantaged communities with maps showing communities of color illustrates the literally toxic effects of redlining and its aftermath. A concerted effort to embed social equity into climate change grants can help put large amounts of funding to work relieving these historical inequities and level the playing field for historically disadvantaged communities.

In this report, we provide a roadmap for embedding social equity into climate change grants, focusing on four key steps:

  1. The program’s Goals, Vision and Values should explicitly state the social equity goals of the grant program to help ensure these goals get prioritized.
  2. The program’s process should include working with partners who have social equity expertise and incorporate strategies for inclusive outreach and technical assistance.
  3. The implementation of climate change grants is critical. Staff must make sure that grant awardees have the resources and tools they need to get the greatest possible environmental and economic benefits and minimize unintended negative consequences. Programs should target community-identified needs.
  4. Finally, programs should analyze their impact, based on clearly defined social equity goals and criteria track success. This requires proactive planning to collect the date needed, so that administrators and officials can use the analysis to improve the program going forward and inform the design of future climate change grants.

 

Social Benefits and Private Investments: The Private Sector’s Role in Increasing Diversity in the Health Workforce

On April 20, 2007, The Greenlining Institute, the Bay Area Coalition
to Increase Diversity in the Health Workforce, Pacific Public Health
Training Center, UC Berkeley Center for Public Health Practice,
and the University of California Office of the President, California
Program on Access to Care co-sponsored Checking the
Pulse: An Initiative to Increase Diversity in California’s Health
Workforce in Los Angeles.