In the summer of 2019, the Community Workforce Inclusion Council (CWIC*) of the Regional Workforce Alliance, whose mission is to champion a robust and diverse workforce that meets the needs of regional employers, discussed the merits of a designation to recognize employers who desire to be more inclusive in their workplace culture and practices.
RWA and CWIC members brought the I-WE concept forward to the Local Workforce Development Boards, who agreed to implement it throughout the 26 counties of the Region 1 planning area. Employers with the designation will be promoted to career seekers throughout the region's 11 CareerForce locations.
Reduce disparities and raise awareness of the value of and methods for increasing diversity by creating a designation to recognize and promote inclusive employers
1) Express a commitment to an inclusive and equitable workplace in their organization's stated mission, values or policies
2) Assess how diversity, equity & inclusion influence their work / culture
3) Provide diversity, equity & inclusion education for staff & leadership
4) Allocate resources to support and sustain an inclusive and equitable workplace and/or community