West Michigan is at a turning point. With a renewed commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, employers are shifting the image of the region into one that is welcoming — a place where anyone can succeed. CEOs and their leadership teams are championing these efforts, recognizing inclusiveness is good not just for business, but the community itself. As they lead the way, PIVOT is a toolkit designed to support them, by providing resources to employers ready to join in this directional shift.
West Michigan companies identified where they needed support while shifting to better strategies to increase workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion. Resources for informational as well as implementation purposes are collected and curated in 15 categories to help companies of all sizes and across all industry sectors.
Quick navigation for all employers just embarking on DE&I journey, with emphasis on small companies.Getting StartedContinue
Vision, Strategy, & Business Case
Our goals for DE&I, and why CEOs believe attracting and retaining diverse talent is good for business.Vision, Strategy, & Business CaseContinue
Leadership & Accountability
Advice for leading diverse teams while managing and anticipating change.Leadership & AccountabilityContinue
Structure & Implementation
Policy, governance, and leadership strategies that champion DE&I.Structure & ImplementationContinue
Recruitment, Retention, Development & Advancement
Strategies to find and keep
diverse talent, from school partnerships to onboarding and promotion.Recruitment, Retention, Development & AdvancementContinue
Benefits, Work-Life Integration & Flexibility
Inclusiveness in holidays and dress codes; flexibility in work arrangements.Benefits, Work-Life Integration & FlexibilityContinue
Job Design, Classification & Compensation
Examining pay equity and removing bias from job descriptions.Job Design, Classification & CompensationContinue
Learning & Education
Resources for training and insights on unconscious bias, cultural competency, and racial equity.Learning & EducationContinue
Assessment, Measurement & Research
The indicators of progress toward
DE&I goals.Assessment, Measurement & ResearchContinue
Storytelling, social platforms and other strategies for diverse and inclusive engagement.CommunicationsContinue
Connecting D&I & Sustainability
The importance of environmental stewardship and its role in economic growth.Connecting D&I & SustainabilityContinue
Community, Government Relations & Social Responsibility
Resources for engaging and networking beyond the workplace.Community, Government Relations & Social ResponsibilityContinue
Products & Services Development
Strategies for considering diversity’s role in innovation.Products & Services DevelopmentContinue
Marketing & Customer Service
Leveraging consumer insights to engage with an increasingly diverse market.Marketing & Customer ServiceContinue
The business case for supplier diversity, with strategies to implement and measure.Supplier DiversityContinue
Based on our Talent 2025 benchmarking survey, here's how we're doing.
The benchmark survey is an electronic tool for Talent 2025 participating employers in West Michigan to score themselves across three diversity and inclusion categories: Employer Demographics, Best Practices, and Supplier Diversity. The percentages below represent data from 21 organizations that completed the Talent 2025 Benchmark Survey pilot program, which included data from January 1 through December 31, 2016.
The percentage of the surveyed workforce that is white. Other demographic metrics ask companies to report annual data on new hires, promotions, senior management, and board makeup.Learn more
The overall best practices score for how West Michigan employers rate themselves in diversity, equity, & inclusion. Companies respond across 14 categories, including leadership and accountability, job design, and marketing.Learn more
The percentage of employers applying best practices in supplier diversity. Measurements examine steps taken to increase purchases of goods and services from minority-owned businesses.
We have implemented four strategies to help West Michigan employers advance workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion. The strategies – CEO Commitment, Benchmarking Survey, PIVOT - an Employer Toolkit, and Inclusive Leadership Development (ILD) events – are designed to result in measurable progress and to support one another. Learn about strategies on Our Priorities page.