~The NAACP Florida State Conference releases a statewide Economic Development Report Card upon examining the records of cities, counties, school districts and private sector organizations. ~
FORT LAUDERDALE— Adora Obi Nweze, President of NAACP Florida State Conference and Torey Alston, State Economic Development Chair released a statewide Economic Development Report Card after examining the records of leading public and private organizations over the last several months.
“I am excited to release this year’s Diversity Matters Report Card the records of public agencies from the Panhandle to the Florida Keys,” says Adora Obi Nweze, who also serves as a member of the National Board of the NAACP. “Diversity and inclusion continues to be a challenge in Florida and the NAACP will continue to sound the alarm for equality and fairness for all Floridians.”
The Diversity Matters Initiative examined the records of targeted cities, counties, school districts and private corporations statewide. The NAACP Florida State Conference examined their records on employment, advertising and spending with minority, women and veteran-owned businesses. The NAACP Florida State Conference conducts this review annually, proposes recommendations and releases its findings to the general public.
“Our Diversity Matters Report Card is an annual investigation reviewing workforce diversity, local contracting expenditures and advertising budgets in urban, rural and suburban areas,” says Torey Alston, who led this statewide effort on diversity and also serves as 3rd Vice-President of the NAACP Florida State Conference. “This year’s report card continues to show cities, counties, school districts and private companies have diversity and inclusion as the last priority. While there are some bright spots, there is still much work to be done ensuring diversity and inclusion is reflected in all aspects of government and the private sector.”
Here is the grading scale and methodology used for the report card:
Diversity Metric /Overall Total = Grade
• A – Excellent (25% and higher): Meets and exceeds diversity and inclusion standards
• B – Above Average (20% to 24%): Above average performance on diversity and inclusion standards
• C – Average (15% to 19%): Average performance on diversity and inclusion standards
• D – Below Average (14% to 18%): Below average performance on diversity and inclusion standards
• F – Failing (13% and below): Does not meet diversity and inclusion standards
• *F – Not Reported
The NAACP Florida State Conference engages in diversity and inclusion advocacy efforts to influence job creation and advancement (at multiple job classification levels) and wealth building (as measured by ownership, development, contracting, and supplier diversity) in African-American communities and other communities of color.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. For more information on the NAACP Florida State Conference, please visit www.FLNAACP.com.