Corporate Social Responsibility: You’re Invited to Join Business Equity for Indy to Stand for Change

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a strategic imperative. Research conducted by Gallup found that companies with highly engaged employees experience 59% lower turnover rates. Engaged employees are more likely to feel connected to the organization’s mission and values, which are often aligned with CSR initiatives; highlighting the significant impact CSR efforts can have on employee retention and satisfaction.


Business Equity for Indy (BEI) understands this deeply while also acknowledging that companies that invest in equity and inclusive business practices are ensuring stronger talent strategies and stronger profitability. According to a study by Harvard Business Review, companies that prioritize CSR initiatives outperform their counterparts financially. The study revealed that firms with strong CSR commitments experienced a 20% increase in financial performance compared to those without such initiatives. This indicates that integrating CSR into business strategies not only benefits society but also yields positive returns for shareholders and stakeholders alike.


Through BEI, member companies across the Indy Region have access to tools that support their CSR efforts and drive impactful, measurable change within their organizations. This May, BEI invites member companies to an inaugural event. Standing for Change: Clearing the Path Forward is a corporate conversation aimed at challenging systemic injustices and the event promises to unpack root causes of inequity, amplify marginalized voices, and identify areas for action to decrease systemic racism in the community.


The Agenda.


Standing for Change: Clearing the Path Forward, is slated to take place on May 8, 2024, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Martin University. The agenda includes a networking breakfast, a brief welcome, a panel presentation featuring three BEI members representing the People, Procurement, and Policy taskforces within the initiative, and a keynote presentation from Joy Mason, CEO, Six Sigma Racial Equity Institute.


A Unified Community


Executive business professionals leading in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are encouraged to attend this event and to network with colleagues in attendance. By attending, you will have direct access to industry leaders who have successfully navigated the complexities of promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within their organizations. Furthermore, featured executives and thought leaders will share practical strategies and actionable insights on uplifting diverse employees, fostering inclusive procurement practices, and leveraging corporate advocacy for social impact. The knowledge and expertise shared will equip you with tangible tools to drive change within your own companies.


However, the value of being a BEI member company can truly be found within the network. No change happens in isolation, which is why connections with peer business leaders are a critical component of every BEI event. Whether you’re seeking inspiration, collaboration, or support, you’ll find it here among fellow change-makers.


Finally, Standing for Change isn’t just about attending a conference—it’s about maintaining the momentum of a movement. By participating in this event, you’ll gain the knowledge, inspiration, and motivation needed to drive real change within your organization and community. From implementing sustainable DEI initiatives to advocating for systemic change, you’ll leave this event equipped to make a tangible difference.


Join us at Standing for Change: Clearing the Path Forward. Together, we can make a difference. Register now to secure your spot and be part of the movement towards a more equitable future. Any outstanding questions about this event can be directed to Kristen Lampkin, director of BEI.


Register now for Business Equity for Indy Stand for Change event.

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