Do you think it will help your business grow? Will it help promote a more diverse thinking process? Is it going to empower your team to innovate? Whatever the importance Diversity and Inclusion have in your startup make sure to document it and have a clear version written on paper so you can have it present every time you make an important decision.
Make sure to include D&I objectives in your statement and share them with everyone. Yes, we do mean everyone. On social media, in the office, to your team, to your clients– share your mission statement everywhere you can as it is one of the first impressions of your business to the outside world.
How diverse is your current team in terms of gender, race, disability, LGBT+, age, and ethnicity? Are they from similar backgrounds or circumstances? If you detect numerous similarities this is a great starting point for you to fill in those areas of improvement.
The fact that you took your time to read this article shows that you have a genuine interest in being a beacon of change and are willing to put in the work to ensure a more inclusive workforce. It is people like you who are committed to making sure D&I efforts are not only being talked about but also acted upon! Nevertheless, this is not something that happens overnight. Consistency is key in your startup’s D&I journey.