Practice What You Preach!
Updated: Dec 15, 2021
As I deliver training presentations to business leaders on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), I include action items. One of those items is for them to create their company DEI commitment statement.
Smack dab in the middle of my presentation today, I realized that I do not have such a statement for my business. Although I have written statements declaring my mission, vision, and values, I don’t specifically have one for DEI. How can I convince others to complete this goal if I haven’t yet convinced myself? Therefore, I jumped into the task.
To start, I followed my own suggestions that I have compiled through research. One source where I gained a wealth of information came from 25 Examples of Awesome Diversity Statements | Ongig Blog. This article gave me some great insights. The author suggests that the best diversity statements include:
A standout headline and compelling sub-headline
A commitment to diversity
Mention of the company’s mission statement
Mention of specific underrepresented groups
Unique information or benefits for diverse groups
Between 20-75 positive and inclusive words
No more than 8 words per sentence
Language written at an 8th grade or lower level
I started by compiling a list of positive words that I wanted to include. I read other businesses DEI statements and jotted down some catchy phrases that I liked. I then checked off each of these items that were suggested in the blog. I was on a roll, checking off each item, and then I came to the checklist items that say these should be brief and using simple language. I too like short and sweet, however, that is easier said than done. I had to brainstorm and whittle down my overly wordy statement to an appropriate length. After much carving, I came up with:
HRS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Commitment Statement
Celebrating Diversity! Because We are All so Beautiful Unique!
Our DEI commitment:
· Fosters a welcoming, supportive, and respectful culture.
· Empowers our people and business partners to be their authentic best selves.
· Inspires creativity, innovation, and PEKs.
· Empowers us to compliment, educate, and inspire each other.
· Is in direct alignment with our Mission, Vision, and Values.
· Is reflected in all services that we provide.
I think this is a good start for me and I expect to continually review, revise, and recommit to this statement. I encourage you to look into your business’ DEI statement and if you don’t have one, start today at your draft board creating one.