CEOs for CODE

Every voice strengthens our outcomes.

On June 3, 2020, the Greater Omaha Chamber hosted nearly 150 CEOs, founders and leaders of the Omaha business community with the purpose of identifying collective action for diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces and communities.
 
We discussed recent events including the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 among our Latinx population, the impact of redlining on housing, disparities related to unemployment and the long legacy of social inequality in our region. What we heard was powerful and moving. We recognize the shared root of all of these disparities is racism.
 
A statement was generated from that discussion. That statement is below.

Join the Coalition

Ready to pledge to increase diversity in your organization and to create an inclusive work environment for your employees? To join the Employer Coalition, simply fill out our request form and someone from the CODE team will contact you to get started.

We will.

A statement from the CEOs for CODE

As part of our commitment to opportunity, diversity, and equity, CEOs for CODE, stands united against racism. Together we commit to investing in substantive change in our organizations and communities to address racial inequities and social justice. We believe everyone in Omaha has the right to earn a living with equal access, opportunity and share of our regional economic prosperity.

To propel the group forward, we’ve identified the following actions as our responsibility in leading equitable changes which will uplift the individuals in our community who have been left vulnerable by historic and systemic barriers.

We will educate ourselves and disseminate the history of systemic racism in Omaha and the barriers it continues to present today.

We will create opportunities to listen to those affected and marginalized by these barriers to learn how we can help.

We will support, lift up, collaborate with and fund nonprofit agencies who work tirelessly in marginalized communities.

We will use our influence and position to amplify unheard voices and endorse policies that lead to racial justice.

We will improve the employment, training, advancement, support and success of people of color in our workforces.

We will continue the conversation by engaging in ongoing CEOs for CODE meetings to collectively address the issues of racism, oppression and bias in our organizations and communities.

Change is possible and we are capable, but it is going to take all of us. The following organizations are showing up to do our part.

We Don’t Coast. We listen. We care. We do better.

Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity

The Greater Omaha Chamber’s Commitment to Opportunity, Diversity and Equity (CODE) initiative works to address diversity, inclusivity, equity and access to opportunity in Greater Omaha. We are forming an employer coalition that aims to rally the business community to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace by working collectively across organizations and sectors. All companies are encouraged to join us.