A diverse and inclusive workforce …
Is recruited from a broad candidate pool made up of individuals with different points of view and experiences.
Employees are developed, retained, and advanced based on their abilities and performance free of bias or favoritism.
An inclusive culture …
Is one in which an organization’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion are reflected in behaviors of all employees and leaders.
Promotes the open sharing of ideas and different views without the fear of judgment or reprisal.
Manifests itself in policies, practices and key behaviors that:
Demonstrate fairness and respect
Create a sense of belonging for all employees
Empower all employees to bring their “whole self” to work
Challenges and holds teams and individuals accountable for behaviors that undermine DEI values
A cooperative’s communications reflect diversity, equity and inclusion when …
There is understanding that diverse individuals have different communication styles and preferences.
Communications are tailored to meet the needs, styles and preferences of different employee, consumer-member and community groups.
A cooperative’s governance champions and reflects diversity, equity and inclusion when …
Member Experience & Cooperative Programs
A cooperative’s programs and service delivery creates an inclusive experience for members when …
A cooperative sources and procures materials and equipment from diverse sources.
A cooperative committed to supply chain diversity recognizes that a wider pool of potential suppliers can promote competition, drive cost savings and improve the quality of purchased products and services.
Supplier diversity can also provide added flexibility in times of supply constraints.
A cooperative demonstrates diversity, equity and inclusion in its relations with the broader community when …
It has broad-based participation in and support of community events.
Charitable contributions and scholarships are provided to diverse organizations and candidates, respectively.