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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.

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