Last summer, when outrage over George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police evolved into nationwide protests, employees and customers called on New York City’s companies to take racism seriously.
The reckoning pushed many firms to announce a new commitment to diversity, both in how they hire and support employees from underrepresented backgrounds and in how they relate to the consumers and communities they serve.
The New York City corporations on Forbes’ recent list of the most diverse companies in the country have something in common: They had already sought to improve diversity and equity long before the conversation took precedence in boardrooms and cubicles.
Yet even those with
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