2017 Corporate Board Diversity: Major Players Fail to Reflect California’s Labor Force

Corporate boards of directors set policy, hire and fire CEOs, and have a huge influence on company behavior and culture. We examined the corporate board diversity of 59 companies with a major presence in key sectors of California’s economy and found that they consistently fail to reflect the state’s diverse labor force. Women and people of color were consistently underrepresented and in some cases missing completely. When board diversity so badly fails to align with the labor force, companies can more easily make mistakes that alienate groups of customers and miss chances to make their corporate environments welcoming to diverse employees.

Mobility Equity Framework: How to Make Transportation Work for People

For too long, transportation planning has focused on cars rather than people while neglecting communities of color and low-income neighborhoods. This framework offers planners and community advocates a step-by-step guide to a more community-centered transportation planning process that focuses on the mobility needs of communities and puts affected communities at the center of decision-making. It includes specific metrics to help evaluate mobility from an equity and community-centered perspective to help transportation planning focus on the needs of people, rather than car-centric infrastructure, as well as ideas for how to develop a people-based transportation planning process.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework: Reclaiming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Racial Justice

This framework lays out the differences between diversity, equity and inclusion, charts the evolution of diversity campaigns over the decades, and aims to help diversity advocates turn ideals into a concrete tool using the “Four Ws” – who, what, where and why. The Greenlining Institute intends to put together a working group to build on the Framework’s outline and create a toolkit that will help advocates push corporations and other major institutions toward diversity, equity and inclusion policies based on justice.

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.

Breaking Down Barriers for Women Physicians of Color

Women of color are severely underrepresented among U.S. physicians and face serious barriers to entering medicine and succeeding in the field. The Greenlining Institute and the Artemis Medical Society conducted in-depth interviews with 20 women physicians from California and around the U.S. to better understand the challenges women of color face in trying to enter the medical field. These physicians described a lack of support from high school and college counselors and medical school faculty, as well as instances of discrimination and unequal treatment. The shortage of women of color among U.S. physicians means that millions of Americans of color lack access to culturally competent care from a provider with whom they feel comfortable.

2017 Supplier Diversity Report Card: California’s Public Utilities

California’s utility, telecommunications and water companies spent $6.38 billion on contracts with minority-owned businesses in 2016, but this generally strong performance remained uneven when one looks at individual companies. Pacific Gas and Electric proved to be an industry leader in diverse contracting, while Comcast’s performance remained subpar. For the first time, this year’s report includes figures for spending with LGBT-owned businesses, which totaled over $41 million.

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Company-Specific Report Cards

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2016 Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion Issue Brief

Greenlining analyzed the inclusion of people of color in the eight agencies’ workforces and supply chains from 2014-2016. Communities of color currently face an increasingly adversarial federal policy agenda that threatens to roll back critical consumer protections and diversity efforts created since the financial crises. More than ever, we need policymakers with bold leadership to “hold the line” and to advance progressive policies like Section 342.

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Equitable Cannabis Policy

The criminalization of the marijuana plant has had disparate impacts on communities of color in the United States for decades, but despite it still being considered an illegal substance at the federal level, states across the country have been increasingly passing measures to regulate the industry. Because California is projected to be the largest and most profitable market in the country, it is important to consider the equity implications of this industry. In this report, the city of Oakland’s Equity Permit Program is analyzed as a potential model of local equitable cannabis policy for other cities in California.

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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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Building a Diverse Health Career Pipeline

Well-designed programs can increase the diversity of California’s health care workforce while helping young people of color overcome high unemployment rates and establish themselves in solid careers. Because of the need for culturally appropriate care and because people of color are underrepresented in health professions, Greenlining conducted extensive interviews with experts in the field and distilled them into a series of recommendations designed to create a pathway into health careers for young people of color.

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