Indy Racial Equity Pledge

ELI LILLY AND
COMPANY

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

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.

PLEDGE 1

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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 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.

PLEDGE 2

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Lilly will double the annualized spend with African American suppliers and vendors over the next two years.

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.

PLEDGE 3

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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 entrepreneurship.

Focus Areas: Prosperity

The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and the Cummins Foundation have each 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 Indianapolis.

PLEDGE 4

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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.

Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.

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