Last week, McDonald's announced its Mutual Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: a demonstrated action from McDonald’s — and invitation to its suppliers — to commit to building within their own organizations the talent pipelines, infrastructure and culture that support increased representation and inclusion, and close equity gaps. 
Have Her Back is incredibly proud and honored to have been part of the team who created, designed and executed this truly impactful step change in the way McDonald’s powers its system to change the system; understanding that its size and scale has the ability to impact the world in sustainable ways. 
As a women-owned business and diverse supplier ourselves, working on McDonald’s DEI strategy inside and out, we are proof that they walk the talk. We can’t wait to see how this commitment changes lives…and continues to create a world that is more equitable for all.
This latest action comes on the heels of HHB's work with McDonald’s to:
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The current state of diversity, equity & inclusion

To appease employees, customers and shareholders alike, companies are spending time and money grappling with huge social problems like systemic racism, income inequality and climate change. ore and more firms are dedicating entire departments to tackle societal issues and even hiring a purpose-focused executive — chief purpose officer — to lead the efforts.

By Erica Pandey | Axios
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Jobs in diversity are hotter than ever. DEI execs from companies like Wayfair and LinkedIn share strategies for getting into the field. Zendesk's InaMarie Johnson said those interested in a job should demonstrate empathy and educate themselves on how to be inclusive.

By Aman Kidwai and Marguerite Ward | Business Insider
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Trying to Live Off Women-Owned Businesses - Men Still Run Daily Life

There are a record number of female Fortune 500 CEOs this year, and still women only make up 8.2% of the list. Women run marketing departments and HR, and yes, rarely they are CEOs, but women don’t helm the multinational corporations that make the things I buy on a daily basis. 

By Alana Semuels | Time
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What Does It Take to Build a Culture of Belonging

When companies emphasize a culture of belonging, they call everyone in, creating space in the conversation to address our shared humanity and build a bridge to greater empathy and inclusion for the groups that are the most marginalized in the workplace today.

By Julia Taylor Kennedy and Pooja Jain-Link | Harvard Business Review
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Corporate America Has a Supplier Diversity Problem

While the vast majority of corporations and government agencies rely on supplier diversity to source diverse vendors, the model is broken. The system is not set up for them to be able to even access these opportunities. So much of procurement is based on relationship. And women and people of color have not had the opportunity to accrue the sort of social capital that our white male counterparts have been able to accrue over generations.

By David Brancaccio and Daniel Shin | Marketplace 
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The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) adjusted the prize money for Paralympic athletes to equal that of Olympians, as much as a 400% increase. The 2021 Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo mark the first time they will be paid equally from the start. 2018 athletes were retroactively paid equally. 

By Talia Lakritz | Insider
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Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell Sees ‘Real Opportunity’ In Hybrid Work

Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell discussed his outlook on the video collaboration space as many employers begin to call workers back into the office.

Mad Money with Jim Cramer | CNBC

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DEI professionals challenge the status quo and flawed thinking. They build practices not for the center, but for the margins. They are always examining who is not in the room and aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions. All of the progress we have made cannot be accomplished without DEI professionals.

By Sara Altschule | Canvas
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Democratic Lawmakers Revive Plans to Protect Women's Retirement

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the economy and sparked a disproportionate financial crisis for women. The Women’s Retirement Protection Act could address the retirement gap and bolster women’s financial security, according to more than two dozen Democrats who have signed on. 

By Mariel Padilla | The 19th

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Change makers who are shattering glass ceilings & defying odds

The Tokyo Olympics are the most gender-equal games in herstory! The International Olympic Committee addressed over a century of gender-based discrimination. Read about the major changes that made a difference here

Those inspiring us, putting in the work & wasting no time doing it

Mimi Dixon, manager of brand equity and activation at Crayola, spearheaded Crayola's Colors of the World initiative which includes 24 new colors representing 40 global skins tones. Colors of the World has allowed children and adults to celebrate diversity and inclusion in a new, fun way. 

There's been a very prominent wave of Black athletes prioritizing their mental health over their high-profile careers and pivotal moments like the Olympics. The meditation app Calm is standing with Simone Biles by donating $30,000 in honor of Simone's 30 career medals to the Women Sports Foundation

Conferences by women, for women

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Resources + Education = Intentional Actions
🎙 Listen (14 min): Mourning All Losses (Even If They Seem Small)

💻 Watch (2 min): What is Supplier Diversity?

📖 Read (5 min): Lessons Learned from a Hybrid Workplace

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