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: 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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Tech Untaxed: Tax Avoidance in Silicon Valley, and How America’s Richest Company Pays a Lower Tax Rate than You Do

Tax avoidance by wealthy high-tech firms is on the rise, a new report from The Greenlining Institute finds. Cash held overseas by tech firms rose 21 percent from 2010 to 2011. Apple’s 2011 tax rate of 9.8 percent was lower than that of American households making an average of $42,500 per year.

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Telemedicine for the New Majority in California

With healthcare reform dominating the national political debate, telemedicine has emerged as a viable option to improve the quality of care, increase health access, and reduce costs for underserved communities. Given the racial/ethnic and linguistic diversity of California’s population, this report explores explicit efforts being made to ensure telemedicine is linguistically and culturally appropriate for all Californian’s

The Art of Listening: Social Media Toolkit for Nonprofits

After years of utilizing social media, we’re turning our learning lessons into something productive for fellow nonprofits to benefit from! Through this toolkit, nonprofits will be able to learn tips and best practices for crafting an intentional social media strategy. The strategy guide is broken down into the seven critical elements of crafting a social media strategy, and is complete with a glossary of social media terms and a comprehensive list of clickable tools and resources. The importance of social media cannot be ignored – these tools have the incredible potential of strengthening advocacy and organizing work for organizations. To read the report, click here.

The Green Solution for People of Color: How the Advent of Green Business Can Bring Two Movements Together

A deep divide presently characterizes two key progressive movements: environmental groups and civil rights advocates. The rapidly-growing “green industry” – or business that contributes to an equitable and ecologically sustainable economy – could change all this.
Historically, mainstream environmental organizations have ignored the unique issues facing low-income and minority communities. While well-intentioned environmentalists might sometimes try to recruit low-income and minority communities to their cause, rarely do they reciprocate by acknowledging the daily issues faced by minority communities like housing, crime, poverty, and low educational attainment.

The Price of Credit: Prime & Subprime Lending in California 2004

Based on our analysis, it is clear that California’s African American and Latino borrowers are more likely to receive a higher cost subprime loan than a white borrower. The study found that African American and Latino borrowers are three times more likely to receive a higher priced subprime loan when compared to white borrowers. The study does not claim that discrimination necessarily accounts for the higher concentration of subprime loans among minority borrowers. Rather, the report criticizes the lending industries’ over reliance on so-called “objective” measures of credit risk
that can unfairly discriminate against minority borrowers.