To build more inclusive teams, hire top talent and deliver results, companies have been doubling down on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) efforts to ensure equal treatment for employees and better work environments. Ball Janik has long been committed to diversity and has received many accolades, including being honored as one of Portland Oregon’s most diverse law firms by the Portland Business Journal. In an article published on January 5, 2021, Damien Hall, who also serves on the Urban Land Institute’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force Group, discusses the importance D&I.
Hall sees “an increasing number of firm clients are recognizing that diverse organizations are more profitable and are seeking to capitalize by intentionally removing barriers to inclusion.” Initial steps often include identifying shortcomings in racial representation within an organization and beginning to identify and eliminate practices and communication patterns that may unintentionally exclude employees, candidates, and contractors that are people of color. “We have to move beyond the random acts of D&I,” says Hall. “D&I initiatives are as dynamic and constantly evolving as any other operational objective.”
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