Business Equity for Indy (BEI) has unveiled the participants in its inaugural Workforce Pilot program. Announced earlier this year, the program aims to provide evidence-based strategies to reduce racial disparities and drive equity among businesses.
BEI, a joint venture between the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Indy Chamber, says the 19 participating companies will have access to resources to help them take action to address inequity in the workforce.
“Filling job openings—particularly with diverse talent—remains one of the most significant challenges facing our members today,” Taylor Hughes, vice president of policy and strategy at the Indy Chamber, said in written remarks. “Ultimately, this opportunity is built to help companies prioritize their best assets—their people.”
The participating companies include:
- AGS Captial LLC
- Anatome Yoga, Health & Wellness, LLC
- APDI WE WORK
- Community Action of Greater Indianapolis
- Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, Inc.
- Ivy Tech Indianapolis
- Lee Infinite Solutions
- MCM Consults
- Morales Group, Inc
- Navis Pack and Ship
- Peak Mind
- Plate It Up Catering
- Purple Ribbon Office Solutions LLC
- Second Helpings
- Secured Site Services
- Kellie Taylor State Farm Agency
The Workforce Pilot will begin in January. BEI says the companies will complete a five-stage program with guidance from a variety of experts.
In a July interview with Inside INdiana Business, Hughes said around 60% of employers in the market today are considering quitting their jobs, about 25% above pre-pandemic levels.
“It’s particularly challenging for women and people of color. We’re seeing that 64% of women are considering leaving, and around 300,000 Black workers have left the labor force across the country even this year,” he said. “We are seeing significant and persistent talent challenges, particularly in the diverse hiring space.”
The project is being funded with support from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation and Lumina Foundation in Indianapolis.