Nationwide Adding Investments to Fight Racism

June 12, 2020
quote from Kirt Walker, CEO

Reasserting its commitment to justice and equality, Nationwide is making additional investments to combat racism and promote economic empowerment.  On top of its existing efforts, the company is announcing a $1 million, multi-year commitment to support local and national programs dedicated to fostering social justice.

The multi-year commitment on criminal justice efforts is in addition to Nationwide’s significant and long-held commitments to support diversity initiatives aimed at addressing economic empowerment, education and housing—all core issues at the heart of systemic racism.

“At Nationwide, we believe that racism in any shape or form is unacceptable and runs counter to our core values,” said Kirt Walker, Nationwide Chief Executive Officer. “Today, we are making it clear that we are committed to taking action to promote social equity and justice.”

The company is making an additional $1 million in contributions to social justice organizations, with funds being directed to:

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting for racial justice through litigation, advocate and public education.
  • Local NAACP organizations to foster social justice and economic empowerment.
  • The Bail Project, an effort to combat mass incarceration at the front end of the justice system by focusing on the restoration of the presumption of innocence.
  • The Equal Justice Initiative, an organization committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States by challenging racial and economic injustice and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Nationwide has a strong track record of supporting diversity, inclusion and social equity. Learn more here.


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