Diversity and Inclusion at NEIL
While the concepts of diversity and inclusion have always been implicitly embedded in our Guiding Principles, that connection manifests itself as follows:
Mutuality - To treat people fairly by respecting and valuing their differences
Integrity - Be honest, show respect, and maintain high ethical standards
Strength - Leverage our differences to add value and enhance our effectiveness
Excellence - Diversity and inclusion promotes an environment that enables NEIL to continually improve
Teamwork - Fostering inclusion promotes teamwork that benefits our Members, each other, and our community
Our definition of Diversity encompasses the varying backgrounds, experiences, cultural norms, perceptions, values and beliefs that individuals can bring to an organization or workplace. These differences may come in many different forms, including but not limited to: age, disability, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, thinking styles, etc.
Our definition of Inclusion is creating an environment that acknowledges and respects differences and allows everyone to feel comfortable and make their best contribution.
Through our Diversity and Inclusion key focus areas: Promoting a Culture of Diversity and Inclusion, Recruitment and Development, Community Image and Involvement, and Vendor/Supplier Diversity, we celebrate our differences and embrace individual strengths. Doing this makes NEIL a stronger company for our membership and a better steward of the community.
Diversity and Inclusion are weaved into the fabric of NEIL by promoting an open and supportive culture where people's opinions are valued and everyone feels that their opinions are valued.
Diversity provides a method of bringing new ideas and potential to the workforce. NEIL recognizes this and has partnered with Professional Organizations that support Diversity in order to build and maintain its workforce.
NEIL is deeply involved in the Communities that it serves. NEIL offers its employees the ability to serve our communities through its Volunteer Time Program, Matching Gift Program, and Corporate Donations. An example of the fine community organizations we generously support are, but not limited to: American Diabetes Association, American Red Cross, Eastside Charter School, Emmanuel Dining Room, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Mom's House, Salvation Army, Simon Community, Trócaire, and United Way.
NEIL is committed to Vendor/Supplier Diversity because it is an extension of community involvement and our Guiding Principles and it is Good Business.