Building on the work of the Mayor’s Racial Equity Employer Commitment Work Stream, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (CLT Alliance) is opening the call for proposals to provide consultative services for the development of an actionable plan, budget, timeline, and metrics for racial equity-related employer initiatives to be implemented by the CLT Alliance over the next three-to-five years.
The Employer Commitment Workstream of the Mayor’s Racial Equity Initiative is designed to:
- Activate and support widespread commitment of businesses to address racial equity in the Charlotte community and workplaces
- Advance more People of Color and specifically Black leaders in executive and C-suite positions and on Boards
- Promote workforce provider/higher education alignment of skills training to employer need
- Create and sustain an economic and social environment where entrepreneurs of color can start, scale, and successfully develop their businesses and diverse suppliers are recognized as tier-one vendors
Over the course of an 18-month period, a working team of corporate, education, and civic volunteers developed recommendations to serve the objectives above, including:
- Form an office within the CLT Alliance to drive collaboration, best-practice sharing, and goal-setting and attainment for inclusion and advancement of diverse and Black talent
- Develop an online Regional Pathways infrastructure that expands access to opportunity at scale
- Set concrete goals around small business capitalization and supplier diversity and support those goals through financial investment, deepening minority-owned supplier relationships and mentorship/skill-building
Greater specifics and recommended metrics have been identified by the working team and are available as a basis for the project.
Development of a robust implementation plan to attain objectives outlined above. Specifics include:
- Evaluation and applicable incorporation of recommendations drafted by a working team, as well as review of existing resources that capture the local, regional, and national landscape in the area of employer-led diverse talent initiatives (work to-date will be provided)
- Development of future-state vision in conjunction with key stakeholders
- Creation of implementation timeline and key milestones
- Identification of roles and responsibilities including professional staff support
- Development of Key Performance Indicators
- Recommended budget for first-year implementation
- Suggestions for long-term sustainability
The consultative agreement will be jointly managed by the President of the CLT Alliance, Janet LaBar, and the Executive Director of the Charlotte Executive Leadership Council, Blair Stanford.
Considering a launch in May 2022, the plan should be completed no later than October 2022.
Deadline: June 1, 2022