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Manufacturing an Industry of Inclusion

Manufacturing is stronger when communities come together. Having an inclusive workforce is important for any organization to thrive. Manufacturing is an industry that welcomes people of all backgrounds allowing for a variety of perspectives. This approach generates a healthier workforce providing valuable ideas from different perspectives. June is Pride Month and a time to recognize the impact of the LGBTQ community and individuals who’ve had a positive impact on society. Take a look at the people and programs within manufacturing that are advancing the industry and empowering, supporting and representing the LGTBQ community.

LGBTQ Advocacy within Manufacturing

Leaders in manufacturing are becoming more aware of the needs within their diverse workforce. Individuals like Phil Jones, program manager, Caterpillar are powerful advocates for the LGBTQ community providing trust within their teams and providing mindful programs and services to support the LGTB community.

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Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized U.S. employers who took concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families. Many manufacturing companies are included on this list showing their dedication to creating a work environment that is welcoming to all communities.

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LGBTQ-Friendly Businesses Are More Profitable

Many well-known U.S. companies have publicly pledged their support for sexual minorities and the LGBTQ community. This stance is intended to foster a welcoming work environment that generates positive productivity and overall success for their organization. The Human Rights Campaign conducted a survey that determined, “…LGBT-friendly corporate policies enhance firm performance.” Learn how organizations across industries are embracing the diversity of their employees and supporting their workforce.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The SME Education Foundation’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiative is designed to fully integrate opportunities for underrepresented communities in every program and effort.
 

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