Corporate Initiatives

Advancing private sector initiatives to invest in workers and communities 

Business Roundtable Corporate Initiatives bring together the organization’s membership to make collective progress and apply best practices on ongoing and emerging issues such as worker training, diversity and second chance employment. 

Learn more about our programs:


The Apprenticeship Accelerator helps participating companies develop or scale registered apprenticeship programs to expand the pipeline of workers without a four-year college degree and support their development and advancement. Working closely with local community colleges, participating Business Roundtable member companies are creating or enhancing apprenticeship programs focused on inclusive hiring models and skills development. The Accelerator is helping companies address skills gaps while also advancing equity and economic mobility for historically excluded groups.

Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative

The Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative helps Business Roundtable CEOs strengthen cybersecurity talent pathways, with a particular focus on entry-level roles. The Cybersecurity Workforce Initiative works with companies to open job opportunities in cybersecurity to workers from different backgrounds including those without a four-year degree, the incumbent workforce and U.S. military veterans and spouses.


Through the Multiple Pathways Initiative, participating Business Roundtable companies embark on a multi-year, targeted effort to reform companies’ hiring and talent management practices to emphasize the value of skills, rather than degrees, and to improve equity, diversity and workplace culture. Companies are implementing new recruitment and assessment strategies to better recognize and evaluate skills of all job seekers, identifying upward career paths for employees who acquire new skills along their career journey, and developing training programs to help employees gain different skills needed to advance.


A cross-sector group of large employers, Second Chance Business Coalition companies exchange best practices and draw on expert perspectives for expanding their second chance hiring and advancement practices. Business Roundtable and expert partners equip members with resources and guidance for expanding employment opportunities for individuals with a criminal record and supporting their reentry into the workforce.


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund partnership focuses on investing in students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to develop a pipeline of diverse talent for America’s largest companies. Through the partnership, participating Business Roundtable companies provide scholarships, internships and professional development opportunities to HBCU students and open pathways to employment and advancement.


Through the Workforce Partnership Initiative, participating CEOs work with local colleges and universities in nine U.S. regions to fill high-demand jobs in STEM-related fields, such as cybersecurity and data analytics. These training programs are aligned with the needs of students, workers and businesses closest to home.

Mental Health Initiative

The Mental Health Initiative (MHI) offers member companies broad resources, expert and peer insights, and CEO engagement opportunities as they expand their workplace mental health programs and address common challenges, including low rates of employee uptake and awareness of existing benefits; persistent stigma that prevents workers from seeking treatment; uncertainty about how managers can support struggling colleagues; and making the business case for additional investments in mental health offerings.

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