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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a Business Strategy


There are misconceptions about what diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) actually means, says Rueben M. Stokes, a justice, equity, diversity & inclusion expert.

Stokes told WASTECON attendees why the concept of DEI isn’t doing the right thing or fixing wrongs of the past, but rather a forward-looking business strategy to increase efficiencies, organization capability and to generate profit.

“These corporations are involved in diversity, equity and inclusion for the money,” he said. “They need to say that for the money. And why are they doing for the money? These are for-profit corporations, and they have a fiduciary responsibility to their stakeholders to employ the very best business strategies available. And diversity, equity and inclusion is one of those business strategies.”

DEI initiatives, to put it simply, make business better. Employee engagement rates increase,…

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