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Jackson Leaders for Equity Sign CEO Pledge

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January 18, 2021
Jackson, Mich., January 15, 2021 - As a united front, Jackson County organizations are taking a stand against discrimination and advocating against the inherent harm and counter productivity of institutionalized racism while fighting for its elimination. Soon after the protests in 2020, a group of leaders came together to form the Jackson Leaders for Equity group to discuss internal and external strategies for advancing equity within our organizations and our community. Since then, the group created a CEO pledge that states:

We are embracing the undeniable, critical and essential need for organizations to ensure that the workplace is not only a safe and welcoming environment for all persons, but are also proactive in bringing to light instances of unconscious bias in employment practices, and providing opportunities for employees to engage in professional development and celebratory practices involving diversity.
 
The following have already signed onto this pledge: American 1 Credit Union, Commonwealth Associates, Consumers Energy, Henry Ford Allegiance Health, Jackson College, Jackson Community Foundation, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Intermediate School District, Spring Arbor University, and TRUE Community Credit union. This group has agreed, among other things, to build workplace trust, increase knowledge of diversity within the workplace, collaborate with each other to learn and evolve, keep equity at the center of our daily work, and track and share progress.

The well-being of our diverse communities is at stake and the time for action is now.  We encourage our fellow leaders in Jackson, Michigan to also take action by signing the CEO pledge, which can be found at
www.JacksonCF.org under News. If you would like to join us and sign onto the CEO pledge, a commitment to diversity, equity, and belonging, please email Mindy.BradishOrta@CMSEnergy.com.
 
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Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Belonging
We are embracing the undeniable, critical and essential need for organizations to ensure that the workplace is not only a safe and welcoming environment for all persons, but are also proactive in bringing to light instances of unconscious bias in employment practices, and providing opportunities for employees to engage in professional development and celebratory practices involving diversity.
To that end, we, the undersigned have committed to implementing the following within our workplaces:
  1. Building TrustWe commit to Increasing workplace trust so all employees can have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations. We will create and maintain safe and belonging environments, platforms, and forums where our people are encouraged to have open dialogue, gaining greater awareness of each other's lived experiences and perspectives, encouraging compassion and open-mindedness, and reinforcing our commitment to a culture of belonging.
  2. Provide Education & Development: We commit to implement and/or expand multiple ways to increase our knowledge of diversity and keep learning within our organizations in the manner that best fits our specific culture and business. In so doing, we seek to help our employees recognize their own unconscious bias, as well as grow their understanding of, and appreciation for, the unique gifts of all people.
  3. Collaborate: We commit to helping each other, and other organizations, on our collective journey to improve, learn, and evolve in their current diversity, belonging and equity practices, encouraging them, in turn, to share their successes and challenges with others.
  4. Focus on Equity: We commit to keeping equity at the center of our daily work. Because each of our employees might need different supports to bring their full selves to our workplaces, we will keep equity in our policies and practices to achieve the long-lasting, positive change we hope to see for our community.
 
  1. Remain Accountable: We will track our equity progress, individually and collectively, sharing our experience, progress, and data with each other and the broader community.
We believe these commitments to be but a first step toward building more diverse, and equitable workplaces and a community where we all belong. We encourage you to join us in this work.
Contact:
Tim Booth, Events & Legislative Affairs Manager
Tim@jacksonchamber.org, (517) 782-8221