It’s been 14 months since we’ve been in automotive news We launched our first monthly report dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion within the industry, DE&I at Work. And in today’s edition, we’re honoring 18 people who make a difference with our second annual Notable Champion of Diversity.
While every corner of the automotive industry, including corporate offices, factories, showrooms, service and repair shops, and financial institutions that support car purchases, understand why creating a work environment diverse, equitable, and inclusive benefits the bottom line, such efforts are still met at times. with resistance
We hear arguments suggesting that DE&I policies are a form of reverse discrimination that could violate the rights of others. I’m no legal expert, but I’m sure multi-billion dollar corporations, each of which has an army of capable lawyers, would be quick to refute the alleged illegalities of DE&I.
Most companies that take DE&I seriously (General Motors, Honda Motor Co., and Mercedes-Benz, just to name a few) have issued publicly available reports detailing the demographics of their workforces and executive ranks, and They have set goals for doing business. with vendors owned by minorities and women.
Let us make one thing very clear: discriminatory and exclusionary treatment is No the point of DE&I. The point is to open the door to capable people of different races, genders, religions, sexualities, geographic regions, and professional backgrounds who might otherwise not even have a foot in the door due to the implicit biases of decision makers. Why is it so important to have a diverse group of workers? Because customers and business allies and rivals also come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and understanding them is good business.