“The Board Challenge offers a tangible, measurable commitment for companies and leaders looking around asking ‘What can we do?'” Primus told CNN Business in an emailed statement on Wednesday. “It is an opportunity for business leaders to take action, open doors, and endorse Black leadership at the highest levels.”
The list of the Board Challenge’s 17 founding pledge partners also includes Accolade, Altimeter Growth Corp, Amperity, Bolster, Gusto, Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc., Heritage Environmental Services, HopSkipDrive, Kin, Nextdoor, PagerDuty, RealSelf, Ripple, Senreve, and Vinyl Me, Please.
The initiative is receiving additional support from 27 charter pledge partners — including Verizon, Merck, Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange — that already have at least one Black member on their boards of directors. Resources from the campaign’s Charter Pledge Partners will be used to “accelerate change.”
Zillow co-founder and CEO Rich Barton says the nation has reached a new point of reckoning to address racial issues and equal representation.
“Business leaders of all backgrounds can’t let this moment pass,” Barton told CNN Business in an emailed statement on Wednesday. “If we aren’t part of the solution, we are part of the problem. … Being passive at the most senior level is not going to get the job done. We need to be active.”