he push for diversity has been going on for years. And advocates say Buffalo Niagara’s workforce still has a long way to go to truly become more equitable.
A Buffalo Niagara Partnership survey last year bore that out, with nearly 3 of every 4 businesses responding saying that they had launched an initiative to become more diverse, but fewer than 1 in 5 had set concrete diversity and inclusion goals, and just 1 in 20 said they had fully achieved those goals.
And 6% of the 265 firms that responded to the survey said they weren’t interested in initiating any plans related to diversity and inclusion.
Experts say support for diversity initiatives has to come from the top, but the Partnership survey revealed that CEOs and staff-level employees often have different perceptions about their companies’ approaches.