“Equity is an outcome,” says Garfield Bowen, 3M VP of Social & Environmental Justice. 3M defines equity as “acknowledging the historical context of people with differing identities and working to remove barriers in order to create fair access to opportunities for everyone to thrive”.
After the murder of George Floyd, 3M took a bold step to hire a Vice President of Social Justice – a unique role in corporate America – charged with leveraging the full capabilities of the company to drive equity in the workplace, community, and business practices.
This session will provide practical tips on how companies can create a strategy to deliver on an equity ambition. Garfield will share learnings from 3M’s journey over the last 3.5 years and go deeper on the work they are doing to drive equity through their business practices.
Vice President of Social & Environmental Justice, 3M
Garfield Bowen is a global leader with proven capabilities in business strategy, operations, corporate social equity, manufacturing, R&D, and information technology. In his role as VP of Social & Environmental Justice, he is the key architect of 3M’s social responsibility strategy as part of a broader ESG strategy. Recently his role expanded to include environmental justice (EJ) with a goal to close communities’ environmental quality gaps by equipping 3M plants with tools and building their capabilities while continuing to integrate EJ principles into the company decision-making.
The Equity Series is free to view.
About the Equity Alliance Equity Series
The Equity Alliance Equity Series is a monthly seminar sponsored by Destination Medical Center and the City of Rochester. The purpose is to introduce diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, build sustainable DEI community strategies, and build advocacy and allyship within the Rochester community. The series is held virtually on the fourth Wednesday of every month at noon.