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.

Workforce and supplier diversity of success for all businesses. Prospective employees, business partners, suppliers, investors, and shareholders are increasingly mindful of companies’ commitment to diversity and inclusion as a crucial component of business performance just as they examine revenues, growth, globalization, innovation, productivity, and profits.