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How you can leverage inclusion to boost competitiveness

Success in business includes increasing competitiveness, boosting the bottom line, and attracting and keeping top talent.

A growing number of studies has found that all three can happen when a company creates strategies to develop and sustain an inclusive workplace and leverage its benefits.

The Commission on Economic Inclusion, a program of the Greater Cleveland Partnership, is inviting GCP members who aren’t already part of its roster of 100+ Northeast Ohio employers to sign up and take the first steps toward building and leveraging an inclusive organization.

A letter sent recently to non-Commission member CEOs from GCP Board Chair Beth Mooney, chairman and CEO of KeyCorp, and GCP President and CEO Joe Roman, explains the rationale for the Commission’s work and how companies can benefit from it.

“The business value of an inclusive workplace is well-documented. A 2012 McKinsey study, Is There a Payoff from Top-Team Performance, looked at the top executive teams of 180 public firms and found that those with more diverse teams financially outperformed their peers by significant margins.

“Consequently, companies are moving from a perspective of diversity and inclusion as a ‘should do’ to a ‘want to do’ to improve their bottom-line. Admittedly, that shift isn’t easy.

“The Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) has tools and resources available to you through the Commission on Economic Inclusion to assist your company with creating a more inclusive workplace. The Commission works with its member organizations to advance their inclusion initiatives and increase diversity at the board, senior management, workforce, and supplier levels.”

Joining the Commission

Two levels of participation are available:
  • Affiliate: Your employees have access to limited resources and events including the annual inclusion conference, Diversity Professionals Group forums and Chief Procurement Officers quarterly meetings.

  • Member: Includes all of the above plus national, regional and industry benchmarking data and a confidential organizational scorecard through your participation in the Commission’s annual Employers Survey on Diversity™.
To learn more about becoming a Commission member and how it can help drive positive change within your company or organization, please contact Commission Vice President Gina Cheverine at or 216.592.2261.