Dismantling decades of environmental injustice that disproportionally affects generations of poor people and communities of color is the mission of a growing number of organizations, companies, communities and individuals determined to advance environmental justice.

However, building lasting solutions for environmental justice is a multifaceted and complex undertaking that requires addressing the roots of racial injustice while empowering Black, Indigenous and people of color professionals to accelerate the journey to a clean economy.

That work is evolving. One-year-old nonprofit GreenBiz.org, for example, will this year launch its first two programs — workforce development and community building.

"Rooted in diversity, equity and inclusion, these programs will serve as a lever to help more Black and brown professionals step into positions of influence and ensure that they’re present in decision-making rooms as we steer our companies towards serving and supporting frontline communities of color wrestling with the generational impacts of environmental injustice," Jarami Bond, strategic consultant to Greenbiz.org, shared late week during a GreenBiz22 keynote.

Since kicking off the soft launch of Greenbiz.org during GreenBiz21, and inviting companies, foundations and organizations to join it as GreenBiz.org creates new narratives for the BIPOC sustainability community, Bond last week announced initial funders include LinkedIn, United Airlines and Google.

Working for racial equity and cultivating cultures of inclusivity in companies and beyond, has been, and continues to be, a long journey for many. For others, the imperative to begin thinking about diversity and inclusion was fueled more recently by external events such as high-profile police killings of black men, protests for racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Read the full article about corporate social responsibility by Lynn Haber at GreenBiz .