CLEVELAND, Ohio – Starting February 1, the Greater Cleveland Partnership is offering organizational equity and inclusion assessments to companies in northeast Ohio.
The program is an annual project and follows President Joe Biden’s directions to improve racial justice in the federal government. While the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s efforts target private organizations, previous assessments have found that people of color are underrepresented in regional corporate governance.
“When employers look back on the events of the past year, they want to do more to create a fairer and more inclusive environment. This is the first step in the process – building awareness of current practices, climate and data, “said Brian Hall, vice president of Justice and Inclusion for Greater Cleveland Partnership, in a statement.
Over the past year, 158 employers participated in the assessment, received immediate feedback and suggested resources for strategic planning for internal diversity, equity and inclusion.
Among the participating organizations, 25% of the workforce were black, compared with 13% of senior management and 17% of board members. Small businesses represented people of color better in senior management, but lagged behind in the overall workforce compared to medium and large businesses.
Corporations and nonprofits in Northeast Ohio will be able to apply starting February 1st THIS WEBSITE.
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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.