Our Commitment to Advancing Racial and Social Equity

Our Six-Pillar Agenda: Progress So Far

Earlier this year, we committed to a Race and Social Equity Agenda built around six pillars of change. Some actions will have an immediate impact, and some will be felt over time. In the pursuit of transparency, we’ll be sharing updates here on our progress against each pillar. 

Pillar 1: Launch an independent review of how our business practices impact Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC)

We’ve committed to undergoing an independent assessment of both formal and informal aspects of our business. We anticipate receiving recommendations from this assessment in early 2021 and will develop a plan to implement them shortly after. 

  • Assessment vendor selected—We have selected The Kaleidoscope Group to act as our independent assessor. The assessment will begin in August and conclude in November 2020.

Pillar 2: Increase personal time and space for reflection and mental health

Working to build a more equitable world takes mental and emotional energy. To sustain this work over the long term, we are giving employees more opportunities to be heard and to recharge when needed.

  • As a first step, we launched firmwide “Let Us Be Heard” Listening Sessions—In more than 80 small group sessions, we provided space for thousands of employees to share their thoughts, feelings, and personal experiences with racial inequity. Their candid stories and feedback helped to shape this agenda and deepen our collective understanding of how to engage with each other.

Pillar 3: Increase representation of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) at all levels of the firm

While we’re proud of the progress we’ve made toward increasing representation over the years, as CEO and President Horacio Rozanski said, “this work doesn’t end until each and every person feels reflected in their leadership.”

The independent review will help to identify any existing barriers to advancement and ways we can accelerate diverse representation across the firm.

Pillar 4: Accelerate learning opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion for all employees

To ensure that we’re all operating from the same baseline of understanding, we’re providing all Booz Allen employees with a foundational education in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Pillar 5: Use our voice and capabilities to advance racial and social equity, and amplify the voices of others

We will continue to speak publicly about equity issues and use our unique talents and capabilities to support partners that are working to advance racial and social equity.  

Pillar 6: Make racial and social equity a major element of our corporate philanthropy

This year, we’re devoting a corporate and employee giving campaign to supporting organizations that advance racial and social equity.