Our Societal Impact

Driving an inclusive economy

An inclusive economy is better for business and for all. Contrary to fears that economic inclusion must come at the expense of growth, our research suggests that economic growth is at its strongest when it is most inclusive.

We believe there are four areas in which we can accelerate the transition to a more inclusive United States economy. First, by educating and upskilling American workers; second, by bridging the gender and diversity inclusion gap; third, by promoting mental wellness; and finally, by supporting universal food security.

Educating & Upskilling The Workforce

We are helping to expand economic mobility for workers and lighting a path toward more resilient, higher-wage jobs that will drive post-pandemic recovery. We are proud to partner with leading organizations in this work, including:

Rework America Alliance

We are a proud partner of the Rework America Alliance, an innovative nationwide initiative led by the Markle Foundation to help workers emerge from this crisis stronger. The Alliance aims to help millions of workers, regardless of formal education, move into good jobs in the digital economy by accelerating the development of a more effective system of worker training aligned to jobs that employers will need to fill.

Career Exchange

Eightfold AI, in partnership with FMI and supported by McKinsey, has built an artificial intelligence (AI) platform to match people to the right jobs in companies that are hiring. Employers can sign up now for Career Exchange. Individuals can refer their organizations as well.

Generation

In 2014 we founded Generation, an independent nonprofit, to tackle the global youth employment challenge. Today, it is the world’s largest demand-driven employment program in the number of annual graduates.

Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity

We are a founding member and pro bono supporter of the Taskforce on Higher Education and Opportunity, alongside nearly 40 public and private two-year and four-year and historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) that represent 2.5 million students nationwide. Taskforce members are focused on three key goals: ensuring student success despite the worst recession since World War II, partnering with local communities, and reimagining how higher education is delivered.
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American perceptions of economic opportunity

The McKinsey American Opportunity Survey spotlights what Americans feel about their current economic standing, their views on economic opportunity, and the barriers they see standing between themselves and a more inclusive and prosperous future.
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Educating K–12 students amid COVID-19: The parental perspective

American parents paint a wide-ranging picture of how the pandemic has impacted their school-aged children, and offer clues on how to reset and recover.
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Unequal America: Ten insights on the state of economic opportunity

– The inaugural McKinsey American Opportunity Survey spotlights Americans’ views on economic opportunity, the obstacles they face, and the path ahead to create a more inclusive economy.
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Unlocking experience-based job progressions for millions of workers

– Millions of US workers without four-year college degrees are unemployed. Novel data analytics reveal opportunities for them to attain better jobs than they had before the pandemic if there’s action to build a more inclusive economy.
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Achieving an inclusive US economic recovery

– COVID-19 has most affected workers who were already vulnerable. Unless bold action is taken, the postpandemic recovery will further exacerbate inequality.

Bridging the gender, diversity, and inclusion gap

We aspire to build supportive ecosystems to advance equity for underrepresented groups. Our strategy is built on more than a decade of work demonstrating the business case for inclusion and diversity.

Our 10 actions toward racial equity

How we plan to accelerate change within our firm and help combat racism across the world.

McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility

Our goal is to inspire, empower, and sustain action that leads to the economic development of Black communities across the globe.

Connected Leaders Academy

Advancing racial equity by investing in future leaders

Black Leadership Academy: A catalyst for growth

We developed the Black Leadership Academy to help organizations improve their talent pipeline and equip Black leaders with the network, capabilities, mindsets, and behaviors needed to achieve their professional aspirations.
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Women in the Workplace 2021

– A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, women in corporate America are even more burned out than they were last year—and increasingly more so than men. Despite this, women leaders are stepping up to support employee well-being and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, but that work is not getting recognized. That’s according to the latest Women in the Workplace report from McKinsey, in partnership with LeanIn.Org.
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The economic state of Black America: What is and what could be

– Closing racial gaps across the economy is not only about righting historic wrongs. It is also about choosing a more dynamic future and realizing the full potential of a massively underutilized source of talent, to the benefit of all Americans.
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Diversity in fashion: Voices from the industry

– Hear directly from fashion students, emerging designers, and industry leaders about their experiences in the US fashion industry—and their ideas for creating more inclusive workplaces.
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What we lose when we lose women in the workforce

– A record number of women have left the US workforce during the COVID-19 crisis. A policy expert and former HR executive discuss the long-term effects—and their own experiences.
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COVID-19 and advancing Asian American recovery

– Asian American communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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LGBTQ+ voices: Learning from lived experiences

– Our new research reveals the challenges that LGBTQ+ employees face, and six ways to help them bring their authentic selves to work.

Promoting mental wellness

An inclusive economy depends on the fulfillment, resilience, and mental wellness of its workforce. To this end, we are taking steps to address issues both among our own colleagues and in society at large that include:

Center for Societal Benefit through Healthcare

The Center was established to integrate, amplify, and extend efforts to improve healthcare by investing in issues deeply relevant to society.

Shatterproof Initiative

We have supported Shatterproof, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the United States, in their development of a national strategy to help reduce the stigma around opioid addiction. View this report, “A Movement to End Addiction Stigma,” for more detail, including specific action plans that organizations across the country can adopt to reduce stigma.

Well-being in the Workplace

This collection explores fostering mind, body, and sense of purpose in individuals, teams, and organizations for a more resilient workforce and improved well-being in the workplace
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COVID-19 and education: The lingering effects of unfinished learning

– US states and districts have the opportunity to not only help students catch up on unfinished learning from the pandemic but also tackle long-standing historical inequities in education.
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Overcoming stigma: Three strategies toward better mental health in the workplace

– Employees are worried about their mental health as they return to the workplace after the COVID-19 pandemic. Stigma can exacerbate their concerns, but employers can thwart its impact.
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Promoting mental wellness in the workplace

– Here are five actions organizations can take to address the rise in mental and substance-use disorders precipitated by the pandemic.
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Unlocking whole person care through behavioral health

– The public, private, and social sectors can all play a role in improving access and outcomes for those with behavioral health conditions.

Supporting universal food and nutrition security

We aspire to support universal food and nutrition security in the United States by working with partners to respond to current food crises and reimagine the charitable food system. Stories of our impact with external organizations include:

Feeding America

We are supporting Feeding America to optimize their supply chain in order to improve their ability to reduce food insecurity for the more than 54 million people across the United States who are currently estimated to be food insecure. The work will help Feeding America to better understand local needs, identify sources of food to close the demand/supply gap, and improve front-line operations to safely and efficiently deliver food where it’s needed.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

We helped the Greater Chicago Food Depository organize and analyze vast amounts of community data in order to improve their ability to prioritize neighborhoods in the greatest need of support and to optimize food distribution, reduce food spoilage, and improve nutritional equity. Our work together enables the Food Depository to better serve over 800,000 residents across 200 communities within Cook County through the efforts of more than 20,000 volunteers.

Fighting community hunger in Chicago

The collaborative efforts of the Greater Chicago Food Depository, New Life Centers, and McKinsey are making a difference in providing nutritious meals to those in need.

Food banks apply 2020 lessons to plan for their future

– Food organizations bring experience, analytics, and other advantages to the forefront in 2021, ensuring they are better prepared than they were before the pandemic.
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McKinsey for Kids: (Food) waste not, want not

– In this edition of McKinsey for Kids, see why throwing away food is a bigger problem than you think—and what McKinsey and others are doing to help reduce food waste so more people can fill their bellies.

Turning over a new leaf: Using crisis to build back stronger

– Nationwide, food banks seek to expand their services to address more than hunger; one Washington, DC, food bank is using the loss of its partner network to do just that.

More about us

COVID Response Center

The COVID Response Center draws on what McKinsey and others have learned to provide leaders with resources to help reset their organizations and communities.

Social Responsibility

We make our people, expertise, and tools available and work with others to take significant and lasting actions on social issues.

Diversity

Our commitment to inclusion and diversity is embedded in our firm's history and daily practice.

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A first step to racial equality? “Fundamentally improve job quality.”

– JP Julien explains why new research on racial inequality is personal and talks about the innovative programs that are showing results.

Partnering with Rethink Food to create a more equitable U.S. food system

– With more Americans facing food insecurity, a McKinsey team based in New York City helped create a program to safely feed people while keeping restaurants running.

Liz Hilton Segel: What it will take to create a more inclusive economy

– From this week’s FT Moral Money Summit, our North America managing partner offers three key elements for building a resilient, inclusive workforce.

Through a new alliance, helping millions of Americans access quality jobs

– As many as 57 million U.S. jobs are at risk because of COVID-19, and the most vulnerable Americans bear the brunt. A new alliance will help create greater visibility for workers into what opportunities exist and how they can pursue them.

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