On February 22, 2019, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia released Evaluating Equity: A Study of Diversity and Inclusion in Greater Philadelphia’s Business Community. This publication summarizes survey results from our 11-county membership and comprises information on our members’ best diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices regarding underrepresented populations (people with disabilities, LGBTQ community, racial and ethnic minorities, and women).

A more diverse region bolsters Greater Philadelphia’s economic competitiveness. Employers from our vibrant business community have the opportunity to lead the nation by example and make the case for why inclusion of all races, ethnicities, sexual identities, and abilities is good for business.

View the full publication or summarized highlights below.

Background

In 2013, the Chamber launched the first iteration of the Diversity & Inclusion Self-Assessment Tool and surveyed a small sampling of organizations. For the 2018 edition, we requested responses from our entire membership and expanded the questionnaire to include information on all racial and ethnic minorities, as well as other underrepresented populations (LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and women). Due to the nominal results regarding people with disabilities and the lack of employer information regarding the LGBTQ community, we excluded these results from some of our charts.

Member Spotlight: Customers Bank

A full-service commercial bank spanning seven states and Washington D.C., Customers Bank leverages diversity policies to engage a diverse talent pool through recruitment, training, and development.

Workplace

An inclusive workplace cultivates a healthy company culture where employees can thrive. In addition to the basic business demographics data provided, we surveyed our members on various aspects of their workplace, including corporate citizenship and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Member Spotlight: Yoh, A Day & Zimmermann Company

A global company, Day & Zimmermann activates their ERGs to convene underrepresented populations and promote an inclusive workplace.

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Workforce

A diverse regional population does not necessarily equal a diverse workforce, as our research indicates. Although diverse leadership generally indicated a more diverse staff, people with disabilities were often overlooked in their recruitment plans.

Member Spotlight: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

As one of the region’s most impactful performing arts centers, the Kimmel Center team weaves diversity and inclusion internally and throughout their public performances and events.

Marketplace

A diverse supplier network leads to inclusion of all kinds of organizations, provides equal economic opportunity, and bolsters regional competitiveness. Our research indicates that although our members strive to promote inclusive supplier practices, we still have work to do to ensure equity across supplier lines.

Member Spotlight: Connexus Technology

As a minority-owned business with experience as a purchaser and vendor, Connexus Technology believes that when diverse suppliers are engaged, all aspects of your business benefit.

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Coming Up

The Chamber will continue to engage our members to understand best practices in diversity and inclusion and share recommendations for the business community to find equitable solutions in their organizations.

Upcoming D&I Event

Leveraging Diversity of Thought
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Mars Drinks Conference Center at the Chamber