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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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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Delivering Opportunity How Electric Buses and Trucks Can Create Jobs and Improve Public Health in California

Transportation is the largest source of global warming pollution in California, creating nearly 50 percent of the state’s emissions when accounting for production, refining and petroleum use. A growing number of these emissions come from trucks, buses, and other heavy-duty vehicles, which also generate more particulate matter pollution than all of California’s power plants combined.

The good news is that many types of heavy duty vehicles can be electrified – cutting pollution, combating poverty and reducing climate pollution. This growing industry can also be a source of good jobs – jobs that, with the right policies and training programs, can offer important opportunities to workers from underserved communities. This pollution severely impacts public health, especially in low-income communities and communities of color, who are more likely to live near busy roads and other sources of pollution. Vehicle pollution increases risks of cancer, damages respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and can negatively impact children’s lung development and adult’s reproductive health.

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2016 Supplier Diversity Report Card: California’s Public Utilities

California’s utility and telecommunications companies spent $5.7 billion on contracts with minority-owned businesses (MBEs) in 2015, but this generally strong performance was distinctly uneven. Comcast, for example, did less than 10 percent of its contracting with minority-owned businesses, earning a D- for minority contracting.

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Company-Specific Report Cards

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*For information on how grades were assigned, please read page 11 on the full report.

Diversity Flatlines at Financial Agencies: 2015 Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion Issue Brief

Section 342 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act created Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWIs) in the nation’s top financial regulatory agencies, hoping to ensure that these agencies better represent and connect diversity to beneficial policy outcomes for communities of color. Greenlining analyzed the latest data from the agencies to evaluate their progress on racial/ethnic workforce and vendor diversity from 2013-2015.

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Government that Looks Like America: Diversity in the Federal Financial Agencies

Despite a congressional mandate to pay more attention to diversity within federal financial regulatory agencies, Greenlining found that these agencies generally lack diversity at executive and upper management levels and often lack the systems needed to track progress.

Greenlining examined 2014 data from eight agencies that oversee banking and financial businesses. Key findings include:

  • On average, the eight agencies that submitted data employed 33.52 percent people of color, consistent with the U.S. civilian and financial sector labor forces. Some agencies improved their overall diversity since Greenlining’s last analysis in 2011.
  • Upper level management in the agencies, however, showed much less diversity, with people of color making up only 17.76 of executive management.
  • People of color were also severely underrepresented in jobs deemed “mission critical,” such as attorneys and economists. Latinos were most severely underrepresented, making up just 3.49 percent of the mission critical workforce.
  • Contracting with minority-owned vendors by the agencies varied dramatically from agency to agency, from just 2.6 percent of total contracts up to 36 percent, with an average of 17.61 percent.
  • To make progress, the agencies need to focus consciously on diversity with strategic plans, analysis of barriers to diverse hiring, and better data – particularly on the diversity of contractors.

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Ensuring Health and Justice: Undocumented Boys and Men of Color

Undocumented boys and men of color live in fear every day, with discrimination and worries about deportation often dominating their interactions with the health care system. Greenlining conducted in-depth interviews with undocumented youth and young adults across California in order to go beyond statistics and illuminate the lives of young men who often serve as pillars of their families while enduring daily struggles. In addition to documenting the human stories of these young immigrants, the report makes concrete recommendations to policymakers.

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