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Let’s Talk About Economic Inclusion | The Equity Connection | November 2023

November 2nd, 2023

As we grow in the business community’s equity and inclusion space, we have adopted more relevant terminology. One term we’re hearing more often is economic inclusion. Economic inclusion is about ensuring all individuals and communities, regardless of their background or circumstances, have access to and can actively participate in the formal financial and economic systems in our country. The goal is to reduce economic disparities, promote social equity, and foster overall economic development.

As a business owner, embracing the concept of economic inclusion can provide numerous advantages to your organization. Here’s why you should consider promoting economic inclusion within your business:

  • Expanding Customer Base: By making basic financial services accessible and affordable to all, including underserved communities, you open up new markets for your products or services. This can lead to increased revenue Enhanced Workforce: Economic inclusion can lead to a more diverse and skilled workforce. When individuals from various backgrounds have access to economic opportunities, your business can tap into a broader talent pool, potentially boosting innovation and productivity.
  • Financial Literacy: Business finance literacy ensures that you and your team can make more informed financial decisions. This, in turn, can lead to better financial management, cost control, and increased profitability.
  • Supplier Development: Access to entrepreneurial support services can help your business thrive. These services can provide crucial guidance, funding, and technical assistance, enabling you to scale your operations or explore new business ventures.
  • Legal and Regulatory Advocacy: An environment that advocates for economic inclusion through government and industry policies can create a fair playing field. This can reduce compliance costs and foster a more supportive business ecosystem.
  • Social Responsibility: Engaging in economic inclusion initiatives demonstrates your commitment to social equity. This can enhance your brand’s reputation, making it more attractive to socially conscious customers and investors.
  • Economic Growth: A more inclusive economy benefits everyone. It leads to greater economic stability, reduced income inequality, and increased social and economic mobility. A thriving, diverse economy can lead to higher consumer spending and increased business opportunities.

By actively promoting economic inclusion, your business can become a catalyst for positive change in your community and beyond. You’ll not only contribute to a more equitable society but also position your company for long-term success in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world.

If you’d like to explore how your organization can get involved in promoting economic inclusion, we encourage you to reach out to us to discuss potential opportunities. Your efforts in this space could be showcased in “The Equity Connection,” providing your business with valuable exposure and recognition for your commitment to fostering economic inclusion and driving overall economic development.

Sherrice Sledge-Thomas 
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access