Launched in 2001, the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative assists area companies in building successful diversity and inclusion programs through training, convening and consulting. The Initiative is made up of companies, organizations and agencies committed to attracting, retaining and advancing talented, diverse employees. A diverse workforce and robust multicultural supplier programs are vital to the growth of the St. Louis region and companies doing business here.
Workforce and supplier diversity are important components of success for all businesses. Prospective employees, business partners, suppliers, investors and shareholders are increasingly examining companies’ commitment to diversity and inclusion as a crucial component of business performance just as they examine revenues, growth, globalization, innovation, productivity and profits.
To provide strategies for the business community that creates inclusion in the workforce for multicultural talent.
To create a more inclusive, welcoming and successful environment for multicultural talent at all levels of St. Louis business.
Education and Awareness — To inform and provide knowledge
Collaboration — To cooperate with willingness and eagerness
Inclusiveness — To embrace and value differences
Respect — To treat everyone with dignity and to show regard and consideration
“Great achievements are not born from a single vision but from the combination of many distinctive viewpoints. Diversity challenges assumptions, opens minds and unlocks our potential to solve any problem we may face.”