Diversity Insight: What can one employer do to confront racism during a global pandemic?

Quite a lot, it turns out. Here are three things one CUSO did.

Recently, conversations around diversity and equality have become daily happenings in a way unseen since the civil rights movement of the 1960s. As a result, credit union leaders have begun considering numerous questions, including “What can a single employer do to confront systemic racism during a global pandemic?” and “How can we help promote racial equality while also supporting employees through the COVID-19 crisis?”

After some thoughtful consideration and collaboration, it turns out we can do quite a bit. Due to a shared commitment to the credit union philosophy of “people helping people,” credit unions and their partners—such as credit union service organizations like PSCU—are uniquely positioned to make a difference in many ways.

1. Form a Space for Meaningful Conversation and Authenticity

At PSCU, we believe that a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion strengthens the company. By inviting a diverse range of experiences and valuing those differences, employees can bring their whole selves to the workplace. It has been proven that employees are more successful and engaged when they feel their uniqueness and authenticity are embraced at work—this drives innovation, collaboration, and the attraction and retention of a high-performing workforce. This commitment is more important than ever in today’s social environment.

 

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