These steps can help to catalyze corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
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5 Concrete Ways Executives & Teams Can Address Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
1. Collaborate with Your Team
A. Create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team within your company B. Create a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mission Statement with your employees to identify immediate steps and long-term goals C. Listen, learn, and collaborate D. Establish Employee Resources Groups (ERGs) within your company to support career development, social bonds, and more among your colleagues
2. Work with HR to Create a More Inclusive Environment and Diverse Pipeline of Candidates
A. Develop resources with your HR Team (Use the DEI Playbook) B. Create forums to allow cross-company dialogues, like book, movie, and article clubs to discuss diversity and inclusion C. Assign reading materials to your staff and executive team D. Ensure your HR team has reached out to Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions to actively originate candidates and develop relationships. Reach beyond your familiar recruiting circles E. Ensure you’re using up-to-date practices as you approach hiring
A. Create an employee matching program for charitable gifts B. Find organizations that match your values and that can help build community wealth, ownership and resources near your assets and/or offices C. Engage with those organizations and continue learning; commit to supporting these organizations and continue learning D. Add organizations that you think others might be interested in D. Add organizations that you think expand community wealth and clean energy development; promote them to your colleagues and partners