The Berkeley Haas Center for Responsible Business (CRB) believes that for our work to be truly responsible, we must take an anti-racist stance in all that we do in order to create a foundation of inclusion and equity. By anti-racism we mean admitting and acknowledging where our policies and practices have been racist or upheld ideals rooted in white supremacy and instead, adopting ideals that “challenge racist policy and power” (Ibram X Kendi).

CRB Anti-Racism Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that anti-racism is not a one-time statement, it is a life-long commitment to learning, progress, action, and accountability. We are committed to continuously educating ourselves, setting actionable goals to fight systemic injustices and racism, and holding ourselves accountable in this work.

The CRB recognizes that we as a center, as a community, and as individuals have not always been leaders in this space despite past efforts. In 2017, the CRB committed to embedding social inclusion into all of our programming, research, and curricula, but we have not fully stood by that commitment. In 2020, we acknowledged this failure in a public letter of condemnation, support, and commitment to action. The below commitments, developed in 2021, aim to embed anti-racist practices in all elements of our operations.

Anti-Racism through the Berkeley Haas Defining Leadership Principles

At the CRB and Berkeley Haas, we live our distinctive culture out loud by embracing our four Defining Leadership Principles: Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, and Beyond Yourself. These pillars help align anti-racism work with our engrained school values and the greater UC Berkeley community.