The Narrative

DETROIT IS UNDERGOING POSITIVE CHANGE

 

Detroit is clearly a city that is undergoing very positive change. Development is at an all-time high, new residents are moving into the city, and our brain drain appears to have nearly ended as Millennials are completing their educational pursuits and bringing that knowledge base to the city.  While no one can argue that this activity isn’t positive, at the same time, we must also acknowledge that in some cases, equity has taken a back seat to profit.

36% OF DETROIT RESIDENTS LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

 

As of 2017, according to the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 36% of Detroit residents live below the poverty line of $23,000 for a family of four.  

CORPORATIONS NEED RELEVANT DATA AND REAL SOLUTIONS. 

 

DETROIT EQUITY REPORT IS HERE TO HELP.  

 

True equity and inclusion begins with understanding the data and using it to identify true solutions that will make a difference. Detroit Equity Report is committed to helping Detroit's corporate community achieve this goal and communicating initiatives and outcomes in an honest and constructive manner.  

THE MISSION IS TO EMBRACE EQUITY AND INCLUSION

 

The mission is to embrace equity and inclusion in a practical way.  The goals of major corporations and other civic institutions in Detroit that employs and impacts numerous citizens and the goals of the citizens who just want to make a good living to care for his or her family do not need to be mutually exclusive. 

DETROIT IS #5 ON A LIST OF IMPOVERISHED COMMUNITIES

 

Detroit is a city listed at number 5 on a list of impoverished communities in the U.S. according to a Detroit Free Press article published on April 27, 2018. This means that the city of Detroit has large concentrations of people living in poverty. In order to put a dent in this startling reality, corporations and other institutions that provide jobs must be transformative in their approach to increase diversity and include Detroiters living below the poverty line in their plans for growth and sustainability.

200,000 AFRICAN AMERICAN DETROIT RESIDENTS LIVE IN POVERTY

 

According to a Data USA report issued in 2018, 200,000 African American residents of Detroit live in poverty. Furthermore, according to a December 20, 2019 report by Khristopher Brooks of CBS News, nationally, although African Americans are 12% of the population, they make up only 3.2% of senior leadership roles at large corporations in the United States. They comprise a mere 0.8% of all fortune 500 CEO positions. Changing the complexion of corporate and institutional leaders at the highest levels will aid substantially in the effort to close equity gaps that exists as it relates to employment.

EQUITY SHOULD NOT BE NARROWLY FOCUSED

 

It is far too narrow a focus to consider equity only in the context of jobs, contracts for minority business owners, and number of minorities in C-Suites in corporate Detroit. Other factors must be considered when seeking solutions to closing the equity gap in Detroit. Issues such as education, health care access, and public transportation as a whole must be considered. The Detroit Equity Report will present data from a variety of areas where equity gaps are most critical beginning with an examination of how corporate Detroit is addressing equity gaps. The aim is to find workable solutions and track those solutions and update progress. 

THE FIRST STEP IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT A PROBLEM EXISTS

 

The key to closing the equity gap in Detroit is the participation of the business or other institution in examining its equity and inclusion profile. The first step to fixing a problem is to acknowledge that the problem exists. Taking steps to permanently correct equity and inclusion issues will represent a giant leap forward for businesses.

A TRACK RECORD OF TRUST IN THE DETROIT COMMUNITY

 

The leadership of Detroit Equity Report has decades of experience and demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of all Detroiters through equitable development and growth. It is through this lens that Detroit Equity Report seeks to accomplish its work and connect more Detroiters to Detroit's corporate community and opportunities.