AWCI Joins Nearly 2,000 CEOs in Commitment to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace
April 23, 2021
AWCI CEO Michael F. Stark signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge.
The Association of the Wall and Ceiling Industry’s board of directors voted unanimously during its April 14 meeting to approve a new policy that advances diversity and inclusion in the workplace. The policy promotes a diverse and inclusive culture within the association and throughout its membership and the construction industry.
Based on the new policy, AWCI CEO Michael F. Stark signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ pledge to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of nearly 2,000 signatories has already shared more than 1,400 best known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations.
“Diversity and inclusion are difficult issues to navigate, but if we avoid constructive conversation about our differences, communication deteriorates and productivity suffers,” said Stark. “I am proud that AWCI is committing to cultivating a work environment where employees can openly address challenges, present opportunities and share perspectives.”
Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step toward effecting positive change. A diverse and inclusive workforce facilitates community, but also drives innovation and creativity. A study found that 85% of those surveyed reported that diversity is a key component to fostering innovation.
About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™: CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known-and unsuccessful-actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and follow @CEOAction on Twitter.
About AWCI: AWCI represents 2,400 companies and organizations in the acoustics systems, ceiling systems, drywall systems, exterior insulation and finishing systems, fireproofing, flooring systems, insulation, prefabrication and stucco contractors, suppliers and manufacturers. Founded in 1918, AWCI’s mission is to provide services and undertake activities that enhance the members’ ability to operate a successful business.