More than eighty major U.S. corporations, employing tens of thousands of Americans, have petitioned the Supreme Court to uphold the use of race in college admissions, arguing that such diversity is essential to increasing profits.
Legal briefs filed on Monday by the companies, including some of the most visible and prosperous in the U.S. economy, set the stage for oral arguments this fall in two cases widely expected to decide the fate of the racially disparate practice.
They told the court that they count on colleges and universities to foster racially diverse student bodies, producing pools of diverse, highly educated job candidates who can meet their business and customer needs.
American Express, United Airlines, American Airlines, Apple, Intel, Bayer, General Electric, Kraft Heinz, Microsoft, Verizon, Procter & Gamble, and Starbucks are just a few of the companies that have signed on.
The companies argued that diversity programs based on race are more than just a moral imperative and essential to their bottom lines, pointing to statistics and studies showing America is becoming more diverse.