CLEVELAND (June 3, 2020) - The Greater Cleveland Partnership board voted in full support today of the move by Cleveland City Council to declare racism a public health crisis and to establish a working group to promote racial equity.
In a letter to city council today, GCP writes:
“The Greater Cleveland Partnership board voted in full support of the move by Cleveland City Council to declare racism a public health crisis and to establish a working group to promote racial equity. We applaud this effort. We live in a caring and compassionate community that for decades has worked to address each individual challenge before it. But we know there is still a lot of work to be done. Rarely have we named the systemic cause of many of these challenges. It is far past the time to do that. Racism is real and is harming all people in our community. We have a collective responsibility to facilitate change. The business community has an important role to play and we, including our Equity & Inclusion Division, plan to be deeply engaged with city leaders in this work.”
GCP is the nation’s largest metropolitan chamber of commerce with more than 12,000 member organizations. Its board of directors is comprised of more than 80 CEOs, business owners and top leaders from companies of all sizes in our region.
Equity and Inclusion is one of the six major focus areas of GCP’s overall mission. Since 2001, the organization has been working to close racial disparities in jobs, income and wealth by growing businesses owned by people of color and increasing workforce diversity, equity and inclusion. Its work is fueled by the belief that businesses and the region are stronger with greater racial equity.
With this vote by its board of directors, GCP recognizes its responsibility in addressing systemic racism, and affirms that we as a community must do more to address equity and inclusion in greater Cleveland.