Regardless of the size, structure and culture of your company, there are some basic steps to take to successfully embed justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (J.E.D.I) principles into the fabric of a company. Below are guiding steps that allow you and your team to create the J.E.D.I path that works best for you.
The Flow of Your J.E.D.I Journey
Get your CEO/leadership engaged
Make sure you have basic infrastructure in your company to support J.E.D.I work
Get a basic understanding of the “what” and “why” of J.E.D.I
Craft your J.E.D.I statement
Identify your commitments
Create J.E.D.I KPIs
Get help with specific tactics from those who know
Inspire and engage your whole team
Some considerations while
- Engage staff when identifying commitments; the more staff you involve in identifying commitments, the more likely they are to be successful.
- Create goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure success. KPIs will be quantitative and qualitative depending on the commitment and what is being measured.
- Remember the work is iterative rather than linear; there are many right places to start this work. Don’t let not knowing where to start hinder you from starting at all.
- Do not let lack of knowledge or skills hinder your J.E.D.I efforts; remember that you will be learning in this journey and may need outside help. Budget your time and money for that.
- It is vital to create a culture of inclusivity, belonging and openness. People need to feel safe for this to work. Due to the nature of the work, this culture is critical for the work to build, thrive and stick.
- This work can feel messy and personal. Everyone will make mistakes. The key is a supportive environment that allows space for hard conversations without judgement attached.
- Be in it for the long haul – know that you cannot do everything all at once and that the work will never end. This is about continuous progress vs. perfection.
- Be sure that your commitments are in line with your J.E.D.I statement
Ready to get started?
J.E.D.I Commitments are categorized under three focus areas: