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ATL Action for Racial Equity

For more than a century, metro Atlanta has been home to countless leaders and organizations that have worked to advance civil rights and racial equity. Still, as Atlanta leads the nation as a welcoming location with a rich Black community, systemic racism, immobility and inequity are all too prevalent.  

The Metro Atlanta Chamber honors the region's civil rights history and is embodying the urgency of now to rally the region's business community to take bold actions that help solve some of our most pressing problems through ATL Action for Racial Equity. 

This new effort will accelerate racial equity by leveraging the size and scale of our business community, and the power of collective impact. Together we will find solutions that generate meaningful change, dismantle systemic racism and make our community – and world – a better place.

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ATL Action for Racial Equity

For more than a century, metro Atlanta has been home to countless leaders and organizations that have worked to advance civil rights and racial equity. Still, as Atlanta leads the nation as a welcoming location with a rich Black community, systemic racism, immobility and inequity are all too prevalent.  

The Metro Atlanta Chamber honors the region's civil rights history and is embodying the urgency of now to rally the region's business community to take bold actions that help solve some of our most pressing problems through ATL Action for Racial Equity. 

This new effort will accelerate racial equity by leveraging the size and scale of our business community, and the power of collective impact. Together we will find solutions that generate meaningful change, dismantle systemic racism and make our community – and world – a better place.

Sign Up & Act

ATL Action for Racial Equity

For more than a century, metro Atlanta has been home to countless leaders and organizations that have worked to advance civil rights and racial equity. Still, as Atlanta leads the nation as a welcoming location with a rich Black community, systemic racism, immobility and inequity are all too prevalent.  

The Metro Atlanta Chamber honors the region's civil rights history and is embodying the urgency of now to rally the region's business community to take bold actions that help solve some of our most pressing problems through ATL Action for Racial Equity. 

This new effort will accelerate racial equity by leveraging the size and scale of our business community, and the power of collective impact. Together we will find solutions that generate meaningful change, dismantle systemic racism and make our community – and world – a better place.

Sign Up & Act
200+

Companies Committed

More than 150 companies across metro Atlanta have signed on to this initiative that leverages the size, scale and expertise of the region’s business community to advance racial equity. Whether supporting integration at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, advocating for a new inclusive state flag or fighting for passage of hate crimes legislation, the region’s business community has made a habit of joining forces to drive change.

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Doing the Work

Leading companies support ATL Action for Racial Equity

FOUR WAYS WE’RE WORKING TO IMPROVE RACIAL EQUALITY

Atlanta isn’t perfect, but we are well-positioned to lead the nation in accelerating racial equity.

Advancing Black Talent

Metro Atlanta is a location of choice for Black talent. It's time to extend more opportunity to our region's Black workforce and assess human resources practices with diversity, equity and inclusion as priorities.

24.2%

#1

Only 24.2% of Atlanta’s management positions are filled by Black talent.

Atlanta is #1 among large metros for share of Black or African American workers employed in management occupations.

24.2%

Only 24.2% of Atlanta’s management positions are filled by Black talent.

#1

Atlanta is #1 among large metros for share of Black or African American workers employed in management occupations.

Use this playbook as a tool to guide actions your organization should take to advance racial equity.

Source: Black representation of workers in management occupations in Atlanta MSA: 24.2% (2019) White representation of workers in management occupations in Atlanta MSA: 64.9% (2019)

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2019

Championing Inclusive Economic Development

Black entrepreneurs are attracted to Atlanta because of the community and the culture. Many have achieved great success, but there's more to be unleashed for the good of the community and for the good of the economy. It's time to invest in Black-owned businesses and ensure Black entrepreneurs have greater access to networks, capital, knowledge and customers in metro Atlanta.

6.2%

#3

6.2% of employer firms in metro Atlanta are Black-owned.

Atlanta is the #3 metro for Black-owned employer firms.

6.2%

6.2% of employer firms in metro Atlanta are Black-owned.

#3

Atlanta is the #3 metro for Black-owned employer firms.

Coming soon - Spring TBD

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Annual Business Survey, 2018

Expanding Access to Quality Education

Education is the key to success and it fuels our talent pipeline. It's time to leverage the know-how of business to shrink the achievement gap and expand access to affordable, high-quality early learning opportunities for Black families in Atlanta.

30%

78%

30% of Black students in metro Atlanta (Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties) are at grade-level for eighth grade math compared to 72% of white students.

For Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, there are 606,974 students out of 1.6 million in the state of Georgia. Of those, 78% are students of color.

30%

30% of Black students in metro Atlanta (Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties) are at grade-level for eighth grade math compared to 72% of white students.

78%

For Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, there are 606,974 students out of 1.6 million in the state of Georgia. Of those, 78% are students of color.

Coming soon - Summer TBD

Source: Learn4Life, State of Education in Metro Atlanta Annual Report, 2020

Investing in Workforce Development

Wealth creation is one critical solution to the myriad of issues that stem from systemic racism. It's time to shrink the income gap by expanding quality opportunities for our Black workforces.

1.8x

#2

Black unemployment rate is 1.8x higher than white unemployment rate in Atlanta.

Metro Atlanta has the second largest Black population with bachelor’s degree or higher.

1.8x

Black unemployment rate is 1.8x higher than white unemployment rate in Atlanta.

#2

Metro Atlanta has the second largest Black population with bachelor’s degree or higher.

Coming soon - Summer TBD

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2014-2019 and U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2019

We Each have a Role to Play

No one leader or organization can solve the problems that stem from systemic racism alone. We each have a role to play — in our homes, in our workplaces and in our community. 

The Metro Atlanta Chamber partnered with a diverse mix of business leaders and spent six months analyzing data, gleaning insights and determining where the business community should focus its resources. We built a plan, identified key performance indicators, gathered stakeholder impact and have launched our journey. 

The impacts of this effort will not be seen overnight. We will track our progress and hold our business community accountable over time. Metro Atlanta is positioned to lead the nation and make meaningful progress on the journey to racial equity. Our business community is committed to doing the work for the long haul.

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Join ATL Action for Racial Equity

“ATL Action for Racial Equity leverages the power of our region’s business community to advance racial equity through collective impact. My company is proud to join this critical, multi-year effort to address the pervasive effects of systemic racism in the community and workplace. We commit to carrying out targeted actions, tracking our progress, and sharing lessons learned as we strive to leverage our size and scale to make metro Atlanta a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive region.

In addition to standing with others who are committed to racial equity, we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in the success of our business, the growth of our economy and the future of our community.”

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Join ATL Action for Racial Equity

“ATL Action for Racial Equity leverages the power of our region’s business community to advance racial equity through collective impact. My company is proud to join this critical, multi-year effort to address the pervasive effects of systemic racism in the community and workplace. We commit to carrying out targeted actions, tracking our progress, and sharing lessons learned as we strive to leverage our size and scale to make metro Atlanta a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive region. 

In addition to standing with others who are committed to racial equity, we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in the success of our business, the growth of our economy and the future of our community.”

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Join ATL Action for Racial Equity

“ATL Action for Racial Equity leverages the power of our region’s business community to advance racial equity through collective impact. My company is proud to join this critical, multi-year effort to address the pervasive effects of systemic racism in the community and workplace. We commit to carrying out targeted actions, tracking our progress, and sharing lessons learned as we strive to leverage our size and scale to make metro Atlanta a more vibrant, equitable, and inclusive region.

In addition to standing with others who are committed to racial equity, we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion as core values in the success of our business, the growth of our economy and the future of our community.”

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