June 15, 2023

MFHA statement on the value and importance of DEI initiatives

Restaurant employees

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental principles that foster innovation, strengthen organizations, and drive societal progress. Creating a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do for businesses, communities, and individuals.

DEI initiatives are essential drivers of positive change. By embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion, we embrace the power of collective intelligence, drive financial success, foster a positive work culture, meet customer expectations, and contribute to a more just and inclusive society.

Harness the power of diverse perspectives: 
o When individuals from diverse backgrounds come together, ideas are born, creativity flourishes, and innovation thrives. 

o By relying on a variety of viewpoints and experiences, organizations solve complex problems, make better decisions, and stay ahead in an ever-changing world.

Drive financial performance: 
o Research proves that diverse and inclusive organizations outperform peers financially. Studies by such reputable organizations as McKinsey & Company and the Peterson Institute for International Economics show a positive correlation between diversity and improved financial performance. 

o By tapping into a diverse talent pool, organizations can attract and retain top talent, and access new markets and growth opportunities.

Create a positive work culture: 
o DEI initiatives create an inclusive work environment where individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. 

o This leads to higher employee engagement, increased productivity, and reduced turnover. 

o When employees feel they belong, they are more likely to contribute their best efforts, collaborate effectively, and build strong, cohesive teams.

Meet guest expectations: 
o In an era of conscious consumerism, guests expect companies to demonstrate a tangible commitment to DEI, not just in words, but deeds. Brands that prioritize diversity and inclusion earn trust, loyalty, and respect.
o By reflecting the diversity of their customer base in their workforce, products, and marketing strategies, organizations strengthen customer relationships, enhance brand reputation, and drive sustainable growth.

Advance social progress: 
o DEI initiatives play a vital role in advancing social progress and creating a more equitable society. By addressing systemic barriers and providing equal opportunities for all, organizations contribute to dismantling prejudice, discrimination, and inequality. 

o DEI promotes social justice and enables individuals from all backgrounds to realize their full potential, regardless of race, ethnicity, class, religion, identity, or ability.

Stay steadfast in your commitment to DEI to forge a path toward a brighter future for all.