MacArthur’s mission is to help build a world that is more just, verdant, and peaceful. As president, I have charged our team to lead with a commitment to justice – a commitment that begins with our own staffing, internal operations, policies, and practices, and extends to our grantmaking and beyond. A commitment to justice is not only a core value at MacArthur; it is also a timely imperative at a moment when organizations large and small are grappling with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and as our nation continues to confront its own history of often failed efforts to ensure equal justice and equitable access, consideration, treatment, and opportunity.
Over the past year, MacArthur staff members worked with me to refine what we call the “Just Imperative,” a framework that lays out the rationale, the mandate, and the charge to lead with a commitment to justice. Priority areas include:
Our staff jumped on board with enthusiasm and initiative, suggesting steps to take, identifying barriers to tackle, and taking immediate action across many areas. A formal Just Imperative Working Group comprising staff from across the Foundation will now build on efforts already underway.
This is the first update on our progress. We share highlights of our early efforts below, acknowledging that our commitment to justice is a journey that does not end, and that we have much more hard work ahead. To help us stay focused and accountable, we will report on our progress each year.
We welcome constructive feedback and counsel.
Our offices in India, Mexico, and Nigeria are led and staffed by citizens of those countries and they are defining what it means to lead with justice in each country’s distinctive context and culture.