“In December 2020, a coalition of committed CEOs and senior corporate leaders launched Washington Employers for Racial Equity (WERE), a statewide coalition committed to supporting a racially equitable future. The coalition began with an extensive research effort that documented clear evidence of racial bias and inequity across institutions, systems, workplaces, and communities. Sharing a strong desire to support long-term change, coalition members signed an ambitious Commitment to Progress, setting specific goals to advance racial equity in their workplaces and committing to advocate for racial equity statewide.
“WERE members were surveyed in 2021 and again at the end of 2022 to establish a baseline against which to measure progress. Many of the metrics we seek to track have not been measured previously and require WERE members to put systems in place to collect data. Survey results provide important insights as to where our members are making progress, and where increased engagement is needed.”