In recent years, a growing number of leaders have taken steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion within their organizations. In addition to the benefits of having a wider range of opinions and experiences to inform business decisions, a more diverse workforce is able to develop products and services that truly cater to the communities being served.
Successfully implementing inclusive initiatives takes considerable effort, but the results, both within and outside of the organization, are worthwhile. Below, 11 Forbes Nonprofit Council members share effective ways nonprofit organizations can ensure leadership and staff are diverse, inclusive, and culturally competent.
Embed inclusion in the organization’s foundation. Leadership and staff are the embodiment of an organization’s values and culture. If creating a culture of inclusion where all voices are uplifted and heard is truly a core value, then it is embedded into everything from the screening of candidates to hiring and promotion decisions. People need to be hired, developed and promoted for their alignment with values above what they do.Tina Admans, President, Minds Matter Southern California