Commonwealth Compact was born in 2007 of twin convictions:
- that Massachusetts history demonstrates the economic and social benefits of diversity,
- and that our state’s current reputation as an unwelcoming place for people of color must be turned completely around if we want to achieve our potential.
To change both that negative reputation, and the reality that too often still contributes to it, civic leaders created Commonwealth Compact to encourage organizations to make significant progress by measuring themselves annually on a detailed series of benchmarks. The compact works with existing programs, and will provide additional resources, including a talent database.