The Advancing Equity In Corporate Social Impact Profession study is research about the demographic profile of the social impact industry. This study touches on diversity and inclusion, as well as experiences and perspectives of CSR professionals.
The study was conducted in partnership with Building Movement Project and Leverage Philanthropic Partners, two leading organizations in the racial justice movement. The responses were collected from 208 anonymous social impact professionals during a six week period between August and September of 2021.
- Corporate social impact teams lack both diversity and lived experience
- Department and division heads primarily women, and most often white women
- Lack of open positions is the biggest barrier to diversifying CSR teams; HR recruiting process is also a contributor
- Opportunities for advancement in CSR are limited, even more so for BIPOC professionals
- Corporate DEI strategies are perceived as lacking, especially by BIPOC professionals
- Concern that corporate racial equity commitment may be fleeting, particularly among BIPOC professionals