Black Lives Matter is a global movement which advocates for justice, freedom, and healing for Black people. Over the years many organizations have voiced their support for the cause. These companies have taken it a step further and put their money where their mouth is to fight racial inequity. Aside from financial support, these companies are examples of companies that strive to maintain a diverse workforce.

Walmart, Inc. (WMT):

Walmart, Inc. engages in retail and wholesale business. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices. It operates through the following business segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and Sam's Club. The Walmart U.S. segment operates as a merchandiser of consumer products, operating under the Walmart, Wal-Mart, and Walmart Neighborhood Market brands, as well as walmart.com and other eCommerce brands. The Walmart International segment manages supercenters, supermarkets, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, and cash & carry outside of the United States. The Sam's Club segment comprises membership-only warehouse clubs and samsclubs.com. The company was founded by Samuel Moore Walton and James Lawrence Walton in 1945 and is headquartered in Bentonville, AR. The full company name is Walmart, Inc. 

Walmart announced that it will contribute $100 million over five years to create a new center for racial equity. In an email to Walmart employees, CEO Doug McMillan said the center "will seek to advance economic opportunity and healthier living, including issues surrounding the social determinants of health, strengthening workforce development and related educational systems, and support criminal justice reform with an emphasis on examining barriers to opportunity faced by those exiting the system."

Home Depot (HOME):

The Home Depot, Inc. engages in the sale of building materials and home improvement products. Its products include building materials, home improvement products, lawn and garden products, and decor products. It offers home improvement installation services,and tool and equipment rental. The company was founded by Bernard Marcus, Arthur M. Blank, Kenneth Gerald Langone, and Pat Farrah on June 29, 1978 and is headquartered at Atlanta, GA. The full company name is The Home Depot, Inc. 

Home Depot CEO Craig Menear announced a $1 million donation to the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in a statement released on the company website. In the letter, Menear also said the company will work for change internally, "I have begun working with our associate resource groups to facilitate internal town halls to share experiences and create better understanding among us all," he said. "We are dedicated to supporting you and our communities during this time with the goal of emerging more united than ever." 

Electronic Arts (EA): 

Electronic Arts, Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes games, content, and services for game consoles, PCs, mobile phones, and tablets worldwide. The company develops and publishes games and services across various genres, such as sports, first-person shooter, action, role-playing, and simulation primarily under the Battlefield, The Sims, Apex Legends, Anthem, Need for Speed, and Plants v. Zombies brands; and license games, including FIFA, Madden NFL, and Star Wars brands. It also provides advertising services; licenses its games to third parties to distribute and host its games. The company markets and sells its games and services through digital distribution channels, as well as through retail channels, such as mass market retailers, electronics specialty stores, and game software specialty stores.The company was founded by William M. Hawkins III and William Gordon in 1982 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA. The full company name is Electronic Arts, Inc. EA announced a $1 million donation to improve racial equality, starting with donations to the Equal Justice Initiative and the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund. The brand says it will donate to more partners in the future.

Microsoft (MSFT):

The Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), commonly shortened to Microsoft, is a multinational American technology company. Headquartered in Redmond, WA, Microsoft researches, develops, manufactures, supports, licenses, and sells personal computers, computer software, consumer electronics, and related services. Microsoft produces the Windows line of operating systems (OS) as well as the Microsoft suite of software products. Microsoft has also produced two web browsers: Edge and Internet Explorer. Microsoft is also involved in video game production.  Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates in April of 1975. By the mid-1980s, Microsoft had become a global brand in the world of personal computers thanks to its production of the operating system MS-DOS. The company launched the Windows line of operating systems in the late 1980s. The company went public under the ticker symbol MSFT in 1986.  

 

Etsy, Inc. (ETSY):

Etsy, Inc. engages in the management of an online marketplace. Its technology platform allows sellers to manage and scale their business. The firm offers handmade products such as shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories. It operates through the United States and International geographical segments. The company was founded by Haim Schoppik, Robert Kalin, Jared Tarbell, and Christopher Maguires in June 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. The full company name is Etsy, Inc.

Etsy announced a total contribution of $1 million in an Instagram post. The company is donating $500,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative and $500,000 to the Borealis Philanthropy's Black-Led Movement Fund and will be matching employee donations. 

Levi Strauss and Co. (LEVI):

Levi Strauss and Co., also called Levi's, is a company known for producing denim jeans, hats, shirts, and slacks. It was founded in 1853 by a German immigrant, Levi Strauss, who emigrated from Buttenhaim, Bavaria to San Francisco, CA. During the early 1900s, Levi Strauss and Co. produced jeans that aided cowboys, railroad workers, and lumberjacks. The jeans were initially seen on the west coast but gradually spread to the east coast of the United States. When World War II started, blue jeans were declared an essential commodity and provided to everyone who was aiding in the defense of the United States. In February of 2019, the company went public and adopted the ticker symbol, LEVI, under which people can buy Levi's stock. 

Levis is donating $200,000 to the movement; $100,000 to the ACLU and $100,000 in grants to Live Free USA, an organization working to end mass incarceration.

Nike (NIKE):

NIKE, Inc. engages in the design, development, marketing, and sale of athletic footwear, apparel, accessories, equipment, and services. It operates through the following segments: North America; Europe, Middle East & Africa; Greater China; Asia Pacific & Latin America; Global Brand Divisions; Converse; and Corporate. The North America; Europe, Middle East & Africa; Greater China; and Asia Pacific & Latin America segments refers to the design, development, marketing, and selling of athletic footwear, apparel, and equipment. The Global Brand Divisions represents NIKE Brand licensing businesses. The Converse segment designs, markets, licenses, and sells casual sneakers, apparel, and accessories. The Corporate segment consists of unallocated general and administrative expenses. The company was founded by William Jay Bowerman and Philip H. Knight on January 25, 1964 and is headquartered in Beaverton, OR. The full company name is NIKE, Inc. Nike promises to donate $40 million over the course of four years to social justice organizations that support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Target (TGT):

Target Corp. engages in owning and operating of general merchandise stores. It offers curated general merchandise and food assortments including perishables, dry grocery, dairy, and frozen items at discounted prices. The company was founded by George Draper Dayton in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. The full company name is Target Corp.

Uber, Inc. (UBER):

Uber Technologies, Inc. operates as a technology platform for people and things mobility. The firm offers multi-modal people transportation, restaurant food delivery, and connecting freight carriers and shippers. It operates through the following segments: Rides, Eats, Freight, Other Bets and ATG and Other Technology Programs. The Rides segment refers to products that connect consumers with Rides Drivers who provide rides in a variety of vehicles, such as cars, auto rickshaws, motorbikes, minibuses, or taxis.

The Eats segment allows consumers to search for and discover local restaurants, order a meal, and either pick-up at the restaurant or have the meal delivered. The Freight segment leverages proprietary technology, brand awareness, and experience revolutionizing industries to connect carriers with shippers on its platform, and gives carriers upfront, transparent pricing and the ability to book a shipment. The Other Bets segment consists of multiple investment stage offerings. The ATG and Other Technology Programs segment primarily responsible for the development and commercialization of autonomous vehicle and ridesharing technologies, as well as Uber Elevate. The company was founded by Oscar Salazar Gaitan, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The full company name is Uber Technologies, Inc.

Salesforce (CRM):

Salesforce.com, inc. engages in the design and development of cloud-based enterprise software for customer relationship management. Its solutions include sales force automation, customer service and support, marketing automation, digital commerce, community management, collaboration, industry-specific solutions, and salesforce platform. The firm also provides guidance, support, training, and advisory services. The company was founded by Marc Russell Benioff, Parker Harris, David Moellenhoff, and Frank Dominguez in February 1999 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The full company name is Salesforce.com, Inc.