The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce values the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in business and throughout society. Embedded within our Strategic Plan and annual work plans, the Chamber is committed to advancing these core values in all aspects of programming, services, staffing, and volunteer leadership. We pledge to incorporate these principles to increase opportunities for our members to broaden access to customers, employees, and business partnerships. With this, we hope to benefit all citizens of Lackawanna County and northeastern Pennsylvania by supporting family-sustaining jobs, meaningful career pathways, and the dream of business ownership – for everyone. Functionally, the Chamber will offer educational resources and information to enlighten members to the benefits of DEI; host integrated networking opportunities; establish platforms for entrepreneurship; target access to capital; and work with elected officials and community leaders to establish public policies designed to open doors to economic opportunity for all.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), as a discipline, is any policy or practice designed to make people of various backgrounds feel welcome and ensure they have support to perform to the fullest of their abilities in the workplace. Diversity refers to the presence of differences within a given setting, in the workplace, which may mean differences in race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, and socioeconomic background. Equity is the act of ensuring that processes and programs are impartial, fair and provide equal possible outcomes for every individual. Inclusion is the practice of making people feel a sense of belonging at work.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee of the Chamber Board of Directors has come together to guide programming resource development that supports the principles of DEI among our members businesses, and within our organization.
The Committee surveyed Chamber membership to gain a better understanding of the perspective and practice(s) of DEI within the local business community. The Committee will use this information and other available tools to guide the business community with a of sense of belonging. We invite you to review the results below and utilize DEI related tools and programming available to help you grow your business.