We all recognize that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential issues that must be addressed in every aspect of our lives—one area where DEI is especially important in strategic planning. As HEDR undertakes our strategic planning process we want to ensure that we are integrating DEI into strategic plan. Here are five ways that we are embedding DEI into our strategic planning process.
Start with the why: When developing a strategic plan, it's important to start with the why. Why is DEI important to your organization? What are the specific benefits that DEI can bring? You can create a solid foundation for your DEI strategy by answering these two fundamental questions.
Conduct a DEI assessment: Another way to embed DEI into strategic planning is to conduct a DEI assessment of the organization to identify areas where diversity, equity, and inclusion are lacking. This assessment can be used to develop a DEI action plan that outlines specific steps the organization can take to promote DEI in all areas of the organization.
Set specific and measurable goals: When developing your DEI strategy, it's crucial to set clear and measurable goals. This will help you track your progress over time and ensure you're making meaningful changes.
Make DEI a core value: One way to embed DEI into strategic planning is to make it a core value reflected in the organization's mission and vision statements. This sends a clear message to all stakeholders that the organization is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Involve diverse stakeholders: Finally, it is important to involve diverse stakeholders in the strategic planning process. This includes employees, customers, partners, and other stakeholders who can provide valuable insights and perspectives on how to promote DEI in the organization. By involving diverse stakeholders, the organization can ensure that its strategic plan reflects the needs and interests of all community members.
Incorporating DEI into strategic planning isn't just the right thing to do - it's also good for business. Organizations prioritizing DEI are more likely to attract and retain top talent, build stronger relationships with customers and partners, and drive innovation and growth.
As HEDR undergoes our Strategic Planning process, we are relying on our members to help inform our plan. We encourage you to participate in our needs assessment, surveys, focus groups, and visioning sessions. Let's work together to embed DEI into HEDR's strategic planning and build a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse Halton.