Update - January 7, 2021
The Black Lives Matter social movement has inspired the world to recognize and examine inequalities and injustice experienced by black people and take action. Supporting the elimination of systemic racism in nonviolent ways and fostering an environment of inclusion is critical to the future.
At Fidelco, we formed the Diversity and Inclusion Council to evaluate our environment and determine how we can share our resources and also take a clear look at how we are performing as an organization.
We have a core purpose of inclusion by providing German Shepherd guide dogs for people who are blind. Matching our clients with the guide dog who will be their life partner requires careful evaluation and celebration of differing and common attributes, lifestyle, and goals.
We asked how would we take that foundational premise and extend its purpose to a wider audience?
Internally, the council members have focused on reinforcing an inclusive culture by:
- Asking, listening and being open to learning from those who have experienced racism and discrimination.
- Creating safe spaces in our work community for differing points of view
- Continuing and expanding meaningful relationships between staff members, volunteers and clients
In the coming months, the council will continue this discussion and definition of how Fidelco can contribute to the elimination of systemic racism and reinforcing the value of inclusion.
Check back for periodic updates.
Update - September 1, 2020
Another tragedy reinforces the crucial need to actively participate in eliminating systemic racism. At Fidelco, our new Diversity and Inclusion Committee is evaluating how we can apply the core values of Fidelco; dignity, respect, independence and mobility beyond our organization.
The committee is a diverse group with differing life experiences. Our common passion for the mission has brought us together. Now, we’re learning more about each other, what has shaped our viewpoints and our abilities.
As an organization, we have an inherent capability to understand and appreciate people by way of training our guide dogs to serve our clients who are blind, but we recognize we can – and must – do better in promoting diversity and inclusion in all facets of our organization – internally and externally.
In the next few weeks, we’ll be defining how we can contribute this strength to eliminating systemic racism.
Update - July 28, 2020
We formed the Fidelco Diversity and Inclusion Council with five employees. This group will evaluate our environment and help to ensure we are laser focused on contributing to the eradication of systemic racism by contributing our deep understanding of dignity, independence, mobility and safety for people.
Diversity has been proven time and again to be the foundation of highly performing organizations. From the World Economic Forum article, “The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace is Now Overwhelming”: The value of a diverse workplace has been thoroughly analyzed and proven. “There is substantial research to show that diversity brings many advantages to an organization: increased profitability and creativity, stronger governance and better problem-solving abilities. Employees with diverse backgrounds bring to bear their own perspectives, ideas and experiences, helping to create organizations that are resilient and effective, and which outperform organizations that do not invest in diversity.“
At Fidelco, we have a passion for improving the lives of people who are blind. We believe we can build on this foundation to contribute to more diversity and inclusion.