Value Statement

A good place to begin building a welcoming and inclusive workplace is to incorporate your commitment to diversity and inclusion into the values of the organization. 

Values reflect what your core or guiding principles are.  They are often thought of as what you stand for, or those things that are non-negotiable. Your values become the anchor that grounds and guides your decision making.

A generic values statement could be:                                                                         

  • We are committed to providing and promoting a friendly, personalized work environment that genuinely welcomes people from all walks of life.
  • Our decisions and actions are based on fairness, integrity and honesty. We are actively engaged in and supportive of our community.

Incorporating a more thoughtful, strategic and powerful statement about your commitment to building diversity and inclusion in your organization communicates commitment to your managers, your employees, your customers and to the community. It also commits your company to take specific steps towards cultivating a workplace that is diverse and welcoming. Here are two powerful statements that include diversity as a corporate value:

McInnes Cooper is committed to creating an inclusive workplace environment that values, respects and supports the different perspectives, cultures and experiences of our clients and our people. We believe that providing a workplace rich in diversity inspires all members of our team to realize their full potential and enhances our ability to deliver innovative and strategic solutions to our clients.

We nurture Valued Relationships Trusting, family-like relationships are fostered at Pete’s because we value people personally and professionally.  We take pride in and respect each other’s diversity and connect through our shared values.  We put effort into getting to know the people around us and we think it’s important to have fun at work. 

Here are some things to think about while developing your values statement.

  • Link your values statement to your company mission and vision.  For example, if innovation is a part of your company’s mission and vision, you might highlight how innovation comes out of working with people who have diverse perspectives. If you don’t already have a statement that articulates the company mission and vision it will be helpful to do that now. Go to this website for an article that takes you through the process step-by-step.
  • Clearly identify your company’s core values and the principles that guide how your company operates. 
  • Include the things your company believes about diversity and creating a welcoming workplace.
  • Talk about ways that having a diverse workforce will benefit your company.
  • Show how you want your company to work with diversity in the future.
  • Include words that are positive and inspiring.
  • Be open to change.

Use the Developing a Diversity Statement Worksheet to help you write your values statement.




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