Lilly and the Lilly Foundation stand united in our
intent to create a more diverse, equitable and
inclusive culture within our company and our
communities. Lilly and the Lilly Foundation have
created a Racial Justice Initiative to help drive
meaningful change within our company and our
community. As part of our community efforts, we commit
to bringing people and organizations together to
acknowledge racial inequity in its many forms and
create a call to action for lasting change.
Lilly pledges to further increase the current
representation of African Americans from approximately
10% to 13%.
Focus Area: Workplace
Lilly has been working for more than a half-decade to
build a stronger, more diverse culture and we’ve made
progress, but we recognize there is more we can do. We
pledge to further increase the current representation of
African Black Americans from approximately 10% to 13% in
our U.S. workforce to align more closely with U.S.
demographics of the patients and communities we serve.
This won’t happen overnight, but we have the strategies
in place—and we’re accelerating progress—to get there.
Having diverse talent at Lilly is critically important
to our innovation strategy and our ability to serve
all patient populations. To reach the goal of
increasing representation of Black Americans from
approximately 10% to 13% in our workforce, over the
last year we have focused on further and more fully
incorporating principles of diversity, equity, and
inclusion into our talent management system and
We continue to stay focused on creating and
identifying opportunities that will enable us to reach
this goal. Some examples include:
Lilly joined OneTen, an organization that will
combine the power of other committed American
companies to upskill, hire and promote one million
Black Americans over the next 10 years into
family-sustaining, also known as, “Good Jobs,”
with opportunities for advancement.
Lilly is actively developing programs to enable
more family-sustaining jobs for Blacks Americans
and individuals from other marginalized
communities through its Skills First
initiative—the goal of which is to eliminate the
default bachelor’s degree for some jobs at Lilly.
Lilly developed a Professional Apprenticeship
Program, which provides individuals without
college degrees access to roles at Lilly that they
may not have had through traditional recruiting
means. More than 20 people have participated thus
far, with more cohorts planned for 2022 and
Lilly developed and launched a new nationally
registered Department of Labor Craft
Apprenticeship Program, which will provide
skill-based on-the-job training while earning a
technical certification or associates degree at
Ivy Tech. Job roles for this program are in our
manufacturing sites and include maintenance
mechanic, HVAC mechanic, instrument technician and
While Lilly had previously had a robust
recruitment pipeline with many Historically Black
Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), we have
expanded our outreach, establishing two new
recruiting relationships with Morehouse School of
Medicine and Charles R. Drew University of
Medicine and Science. For the first time, we will
be hosting an HBCU Day at Lilly Corporate Center
in Indianapolis is Spring 2022. Students from six
HBCUs where Lilly has not been as active in
recruiting from will be participating.
Lilly will double the national annualized spend with
African American suppliers and vendors over the next two
Focus Area: Prosperity
Our Racial Justice Initiative aims to help drive
equity—creating interventions and solutions to provide
specific opportunities to level the playing field and
create more equality. Within the company, one area we
aim to improve is our supplier diversity, by doubling
the annualized spend with African American suppliers and
vendors over the next two years.
Lilly has increased its national spend with Black
businesses by 50% in the past year and we are on
track to meet our goal of doubling the annualized
spend with Black American business enterprises in
In 2021, Lilly launched a Mentor Protégé Program
to develop small/diverse suppliers by sharing
Lilly methodologies and industry best practices
thereby increasing their readiness for future
business needs. The program serves as an incubator
for diverse solutions to Lilly’s supply chain.
In 2022, Lilly will implement Supplier Diversity
training for all management level employees, which
will show the positive broader economic impact of
creating a level playing field for small/diverse
suppliers to compete and win business contracts.
The Lilly Foundation and Cummins Foundation commit a
total of $500,000 to the Indianapolis Urban League to
invest in African American-owned businesses and
Focus Areas: Prosperity
The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and the Cummins
Foundation each have granted the Indianapolis Urban
League $250,000 to establish an Entrepreneurship Center
to provide impactful programming and support to African
American entrepreneurs in Indianapolis. Through these
grants, the Indianapolis Urban League will aid aspiring
African American entrepreneurs in developing effective
businesses, enable existing African American
entrepreneurs to grow, and create jobs for minorities in
In June 2021, the Indianapolis Urban League (IUL)
Entrepreneurship Center was launched to assist
entrepreneurs with developing, launching,
sustaining, and growing minority small businesses
in Central Indiana and surrounding counties. The
Entrepreneurship Center provides future and
current small business owners with access to
in-person and virtual workshops, short-term
industry recognized training credentials,
individualized coaching, and support to leverage
resources, maximize revenue, reduce costs,
increase profitability, and create job
The Lilly Foundation also awarded grants to
support the creation and launch of the Business
Equity for Indy Committee, a joint committee of
the Indy Chamber of Commerce and the Central
Indiana Corporate Partnership.
Lilly invests $1 million to Lynx Capital Corporation for
growth capital for African American-owned businesses.
Focus Areas: Prosperity
Lilly aims to invest in initiatives and actions to
create more fairness and equity for African Americans.
As part of this effort, Lilly will invest $1 million
capital to LYNX Capital Corporation, which provides
growth capital to minority-owned businesses in Indiana.
This investment will enable LYNX to provide more
assistance to minority-owned businesses.
Lilly invested $1 million in LYNX Capital
Corporation in October 2020.
In January 2021, Lilly announced a $30 million
limited partner commitment to the
Unseen Capital Health Fund, a venture fund created by racially diverse and
historically underrepresented business leaders.
The fund is intended to identify, fund and support
underrepresented founders of early-stage
healthcare companies and those building solutions
for marginalized communities.
In May 2021, Lilly announced an investment in
Sixty8 Capital, an Indianapolis-based Black-owned,
venture capital firm supporting Black, Latinx,
women and LGBTQ+ startups. The firm’s goal is to
open the door to these missed opportunities for
diverse innovators and empower invaluable change
within our communities.
Join us in the important work of creating racial
equity in Central Indiana.