Access to equity training is a matter of equity.
While most large companies have diversity, equity, and inclusion policies designed to create a more equitable environment for all employees – or even DCI professionals on staff – small and medium-sized businesses typically do not the resources. This can lead to workforce issues, employee retention issues, and impact on bottom lines.
That is why the participants in the next Alliance fusion will have the opportunity to work with a DCI Consultant to develop and implement DCI policies, practices and action plans. The program aims to help government agencies and small and medium-sized businesses become better places to work for employees, regardless of race, gender, disability, etc.
It goes through a partnership between Delaware Racial Justice Collaborative (DRJC), New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, Delaware Central Chamber of Commerce and Delaware United Way.
“Delaware’s workforce is increasingly diverse and multicultural, and data suggests it will only grow in the years to come,” said the DRJC director. Raina Allen in a report. “This means that DE&I must be a strategic priority for every organization. In particular, governments and small and medium-sized businesses are looking for affordable ways to incorporate DE&I principles and practices into their growth plans, but many lack the resources and infrastructure to do so. The Fusion Alliance is an innovative approach to offer these companies all the resources and advantages of an in-house DE&I professional, on an outsourced basis.
Speaker of the New Castle County Chamber Bob chadwick also noted that another goal is to advance business growth in Delaware.
“We not only have a societal need to do this work, but developing diverse and inclusive teams will also be key to the company’s future success and profitability,” he said. “We are therefore delighted to partner with the DRJC and Centraide to provide small and medium-sized businesses with the tools they need to achieve this. “