The Business Case for Conducting a Civil Rights Audit

As an organization, it’s likely that your company focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion and other initiatives and has teams dedicated to those areas. But have you ever thought about regularly conducting civil rights audits?

What Is a Civil Rights Audit?

During a webinar titled “The Rationale and Key Elements of a Business Civil Rights Audit,” presented by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Laura W. Murphy, President of Laura Murphy & Associates, described a civil rights audit as “an analysis conducted by firms with civil rights expertise that assess an organization’s business policies, practices and products to determine whether those components have a discriminatory effect on people who have been historically subjected to inequity and injustice.”

After an assessment is done, civil rights auditors work with the organization to release a public report that gives “corrective and proactive equitable outcomes.”

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