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BMO Commits $5 Billion to Advance Inclusive Economic Recovery in the U.S.

BMO Financial Group has announced BMO EMpower, a series of long-term commitments to advance inclusive economic recovery in the United States, pledging $5 billion over the next five years to address key barriers faced by minority businesses, communities and families.

The multi-year plan will be unveiled at a virtual event hosted by BMO on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 at 1 pm CT.  The theme of the event is “Getting to Economic Equity” and will feature a panel discussion with distinguished business and community leaders, including Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises.  The event will focus on the role public-private partnerships play in advancing racial and economic equity. The event is open to the public. A link to register can be found here.

“The barriers that disproportionately affect minorities – and in particular, Black and Latinx communities – have only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said David Casper, U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group. “The bold commitments outlined in this pledge are designed to help tackle barriers to inclusion in the financial services industry and create more opportunity for our clients, communities and colleagues to succeed in business and in life.”

“We must work together to break down the economic inequities created by generations of systemic racism,” said Marc Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “I am excited to see BMO stepping-up to help create a more just and equitable society.  BMO EMpower represents a transformative approach for addressing the key drivers of the racial wealth gap through direct investment in Black and Latinx communities.  We are proud to partner with BMO as we endeavor to pave the way for a brighter future for all.”

The commitments span across BMO’s operations and aim to empower a more equitable economy:

The commitment builds on BMO’s continued focus on creating a society with zero barriers to inclusion. BMO continues to drive inclusion among its team at all levels, as well as through community alliances and partnerships. BMO has recently demonstrated this focus by announcing increased representation goals and donating to organizations focused on social and racial justice. Supporting an inclusive society is one of the three key commitments in BMO’s purpose to Boldly Grow the Good.

“There is no middle ground on issues of racial injustice and inclusion, and we are working to ensure that we are a meaningful part of that change,” added Casper. “That includes making direct investment to empower economic equity for underserved communities.”

Updates and progress toward the BMO EMpower goals will be shared on the BMO EMpower webpage.

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