MMA launches MFG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

John Walsh. Courtesy Michigan Manufacturers Association

The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) will look to build a stronger and more diverse pipeline of talent in the manufacturing sector through a new initiative.

Lansing-based MMA said Wednesday, Jan. 12, it launched the MFG Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiative.

The organization said the long-term competitiveness and success of Michigan’s manufacturing industry is contingent on a strong and diverse talent pool, and it believes the ability to attract, engage and retain a strong workforce requires inclusive workplaces and continuous improvement.

“As the association representing an industry that impacts all Michiganders and provides wages for hundreds of thousands of employees, it is incumbent upon us to address the importance of equal treatment of all people,” said MMA President and CEO John Walsh. “There is no room for further debate — an employer that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in the workforce benefits not only the employees and the company, but our entire industry and our communities, by expanding the talent pool, promoting broader perspectives and driving employee engagement.

“We are committed to standing by our members and the communities where they operate to advance solutions that will build a brighter and better tomorrow.”

This MMA initiative includes:

  • The MFG DEI Hub, which contains resources curated in partnership with advisers working to build policies that will support that workforce now and in the future.
  • Quarterly workshops in partnership with the Center for Automotive Diversity, Inclusion & Advancement (CADIA) to support Michigan manufacturers working to integrate DEI strategies that will support business goals. These interactive virtual sessions are free to MMA members and will help identify tactics and resources needed to launch meaningful initiatives or support existing efforts.
  • Sponsorship opportunities to partner with MMA to advance DEI solutions.

More information from the MMA on DEI is online.

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