Cleveland Public Library launched a Supplier Diversity Council to ensure that its suppliers are diverse and representative of the community it serves. Chief Equity, Education and Engagement Officer Dr. Sadie Winlock said the initiative is part of their desire to be inclusive internally and externally across all layers.

Recent events prompted hotels to address environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

One example is Marriott International. It recently committed to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The announcement follows its setting of goals to reduce food waste by 50%, cut down single-use plastics and improve the diversity of its suppliers.

The latest Paychex | IHS Markit Small Business Employment Watch showed small business employment continues to grow but slowed to 0.45% in August and 0.15% in September. Despite this, the Small Business Jobs Index climbed to 99.95, and hourly earnings growth rose to 3.68%.

Whistle Stop Capital and As You Sow are calling on Nike shareholders to vote in favor of a resolution that would require Swoosh to publish an annual report on the progress of its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Kanarys and Prospanica released the first-of-its-kind 2021 Prospanica Workplace Inclusion and Equity Report. It assessed diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts for Latinx employees in different corporate workplaces in the U.S.

There are initiatives to improve the participation of minority-owned companies in gov tech contracting in the U.S. These include Hutch’s 24-month classroom and mentoring sessions. The program, which aims to increase diversity in government contracting, features cohorts of only five or six companies. And according to program manager Stephanie Chin, half of the slots are reserved for Baltimore students and half for women. Hutch is also working to raise policymakers’ awareness of minority-, women-, and locally-owned vendors.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Carrier Global Corporation signed a national pledge to hire, retain and develop Hispanic employees. The Hispanic Promise is a collaborative effort between large U.S. employers and Hispanic associations to empower and advance Hispanics as employees.

Jaymie White

Writer and Founder of with interests in small business, politics, technology and diversity

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