ICBA DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION COMMITMENT
At our July 2020 ICBA Board & Staff Strategic Planning Meeting, the ICBA Staff and Board of Directors discussed actions we could take to support social justice and combat racism. Below is a list of actions the Board and Staff agreed would be impactful and beneficial.
We’ve structured the list to reflect steps we have taken, what we will accomplish in the near-term, and what we are exploring for the long-term.
This list is a living document and we will continue to add to and revise it over time. ICBA will provide a progress report in the November 2020 edition of The Independent newsletter. Please continue to refer to this page and reach out to us with any questions at Office@ICBAinc.com.
To date, we have made the commitment to:
Meet regularly as a staff to discuss social justice and racism in an open forum where all views are respected
“Amplify & Share” Members’ social justice posts via ICBA’s social media channels
Ensure ICBA’s investment strategies focus on highly rated socially responsible mutual funds
Work with Vendor Partners to emphasize “Codes of Conduct” with regard to social justice
Institute an ICBA Staff Member Service Day (a paid day for volunteering at an organization of the employee’s choice)
Update the ICBA Policy Manual to include language supporting gender identity
Create a new section on web site related to social justice resources and initiatives
By September 15, 2020, we will:
Elect a staff member to act as a social justice “lead” to coordinate our efforts and be a main point of contact internally and externally. Once finalized, will share the details of this appointment with Members and Vendor Partners.
Invest in ICBA Staff training materials focusing on topics such as: diversity and inclusion, anti-racism, sexual harassment, and more.
During the coming year and beyond (September 15, 2020-April 30, 2021), we plan to:
Feature ICBA Members in networking discussions and educational webinars to share store and campus initiatives that promote diversity and anti-racism
Utilize a 3rd party to eliminate candidate names and pictures when hiring new ICBA associates, to reduce opportunities for subconscious bias
Seek and promote minority-owned Vendor Partners whenever possible to increase program diversity
Create an ICBA Diversity Statement
Create an ICBA Code of Conduct and a specific Code of Conduct for virtual and in-person events reinforcing a safe and anti-harassment environment
Provide anti-racism and Diversity & Inclusion resources and training materials for ICBA Member Stores to complement or augment what may already be available on their campuses