CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion on Dec. 7 hosted a Day of Understanding, where more than 150 chief executive officers gathered for closed-door discussions on long- and short-term initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The ceo-driven coalition began in June 2017 with 175 ceo’s that included those from The Home Depot, Staples, Target Corp. and Walmart Inc. There are more than 500 companies that have signed the pledge.

The idea was the brain child of Tim Ryan, the U.S. chairman of PwC. The organization recently initiated a “Check Your Blind Spots” mobile tour, making 100 stops across the country in 2019. The aim of the tour — it expects to engage one million people — is to give participants the opportunity to learn how to mitigate unconscious bias in their everyday lives through immersive and interactive elements. And its key framework is to have a cross-industry dialogue on how to advance diversity across three areas — a safe working environment that fosters dialogue, mitigating unconscious bias and the sharing of best practices among the ceo participants.


Companies and their ceo’s who have taken on the D&I pledge include:

Ascena Retail Group Inc., David Jaffe

Ashley Stewart, James C. Rhee

The Estée Lauder Cos. Inc., Fabrizio Freda

Etsy Inc., Josh Silverman

Gap Inc., Art Peck

International Council of Shopping Centers, Tom McGee

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., Andreas Fibig

J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

L’Oréal USA, Frédéric Rozé

Levi Strauss & Co., Chip Bergh

Macy’s Inc., Jeff Gennette

Movado Group Inc., Efraim Grinberg

National Retail Federation, Matthew Shay

Procter & Gamble Co., David Taylor

PVH Corp., Emanuel Chirico

QVC, Mike George

Ralph Lauren Corp., Patrice Louvet

Tapestry Inc., Victor Luis

Target Corp., Brian Cornell

Tiffany & Co., Alessandro Bogliolo

Under Armour Inc., Kevin Plank

Unilever, Kees Kruythoff

VF Corp., Steve Rendle

Walmart Inc., Doug McMillon