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The nonprofit social enterprise is acknowledged for sustained support in advancing workplace diversity and inclusion

Roseville, Calif. — PRIDE Industries has been recognized by the Forum on Workplace Inclusion (The Forum) in its 2022 Diversity Awards as a Winds of Change Award honorable mention.

 

The Forum’s Winds of Change Award goes to an individual, organization, or group that:

  • Has demonstrated sustained support for advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Has raised awareness of workplace diversity and inclusion issues.
  • Has been a catalyst for change regarding workplace diversity and inclusion and/or has impacted change within an industry, organization, or local community.

PRIDE Industries provides employment placement services for people with disabilities and trains people and organizations on how to build an inclusive workplace culture. More than 50 percent of PRIDE Industries’ workforce has a disclosed disability, demonstrating the success of an inclusive workforce model across multiple industries. The nonprofit social enterprise partners with hundreds of businesses to place people with disabilities in open positions while providing job coaching and support.

 

A pioneer in the inclusivity movement, PRIDE Industries’ influence stretches from small businesses to Fortune 500 organizations. Their impact also reaches veterans and former foster youth, through their Veterans Employment Advantage Program and Foster Youth Liaisons, respectively.

 

In 2021, PRIDE Industries launched a one-of-a-kind, free I AM ABLE Employment Helpline, connecting people with disabilities to support services and employment opportunities. Helpline support is offered in both English and Spanish. 

 

Also in 2021, PRIDE Industries’ CEO Jeff Dern signed the CEO Action Pledge (CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion ™), committing himself and PRIDE Industries to advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

Since 2008, The Forum’s Diversity Awards Program has recognized individuals or organizations showcasing exemplary insight and fortitude in the area of workplace diversity. Nominations are submitted for individuals, organizations, or a group within an organization such as an Employee Resource Group or Diversity Council.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more at https://PRIDEIndustries.com.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

Companies have shared more than 1,400+ actions that they are taking to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Coalition expands reach and impact into the business community

Roseville, Calif. (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRIDE Industries joins a growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. One of nearly 2,000 CEOs that have come together for CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, Jeff Dern is committing himself and PRIDE Industries to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

 

By signing on to this commitment, PRIDE Industries pledges to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of nearly 2,000 signatories has already shared more than 1,400+ best-known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

 

“Diversity and inclusion are difficult issues to navigate, but if we avoid constructive conversation about our differences, communication deteriorates and productivity suffers,” said Jeff Dern, President and CEO of PRIDE Industries. “As a social enterprise committed to normalizing workplace inclusion, we are proud to join other industry leaders in cultivating a work environment where employees can openly address challenges, present opportunities, and share perspectives.”

 

Nearly 60 percent of PRIDE Industries’ workforce has a disclosed disability. As a social enterprise, the company provides facilities management; manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain services to fuel its mission of creating employment for people with disabilities. PRIDE Industries also leverages its 55 years’ experience in inclusion success to provide staffing, recruiting, and inclusive workplace training certification for individuals and companies.

 

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories expands the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

 

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents 85 industries, all 50 U.S. States, and millions of employees globally.

About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together nearly 2,000 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Twitter: @CEOAction.

About PRIDE Industries

PRIDE Industries delivers business excellence with a positive social impact. A social enterprise, we provide facilities operations and maintenance services, custodial services, contract manufacturing, supply chain management, packaging and fulfillment services, and staffing and recruitment services to private and public organizations nationwide. Founded in 1966, PRIDE Industries’ mission is to create employment for people with disabilities. Through personalized employment services, we help individuals realize their true potential and lead more independent lives. PRIDE Industries proves the value of its inclusive workforce model through operational success across multiple industries every day. Learn more.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

“For 55 years, PRIDE Industries has provided business excellence with a social impact,” says Jeff Dern, President & Chief Executive Officer, of this pioneering social enterprise. “We provide competitive business services while pursuing our mission to create employment for people with disabilities.”

 

At the heart of PRIDE Industries’ 6,000 team members are 3,100 with disclosed disabilities. With National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October, the company is launching a helpline and an awareness campaign to pursue their goal of creating 100,000 jobs for people with disabilities.

 

“Annually in October, the Department of Labor promotes NDEAM to educate the public about disability employment issues and to celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities. At PRIDE Industries, we take that concept even further,” says Leah Burdick, Chief Growth Officer. “Through print and online media, we strive to recognize our business partners for hiring people with disabilities or supporting an inclusive workforce.”

“NDEAM is important to us because one of our goals is to normalize workplace inclusion.”
– Jeff Dern, PRIDE Industries President & Chief Executive Officer

PRIDE Industries has launched the most comprehensive helpline of its kind. By dialing 844-I-AM-ABLE, people with disabilities can connect to helpful resources, job training, and employment opportunities. This helpline will be heavily promoted in California during NDEAM, with plans to expand nationally.

 

PRIDE Industries has created employment for thousands of people in jobs throughout this region over decades and encourages all employers to inspire other companies to include people with disabilities in their workplaces. “NDEAM is important to us because one of our goals is to normalize workplace inclusion,” explains Dern. “We do that all year, but this month is devoted to educate employers on why they should include people with disabilities when hiring.”

 

PRIDE Industries will continue its constant efforts to promote the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities, proving every day that their model for business excellence has a place for all abilities.

This article was originally published in Comstock’s Magazine in October 2021.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

Jason Marks of KCRA3 News reports on Thunder Valley Casino’s partnership with PRIDE Industries to provide employment for 30 workers with developmental disabilities in the laundry facilities. The program has been so successful that Joel Moore, vice president of hotel operations, says the casino is looking to add employees in other areas.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

CBS8 News reporter Danamarie McNicholl-Carter interviewed Brandon Schimka, an employee at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, who found his job at the restaurant with help from PRIDE Industries. The zoo has hired many employees through PRIDE Industries in retail, maintenance, and reservations.

CBS8 News also interviewed Demetrius Griggs, who works as a host at Sea World San Diego’s Calypso Bay Restaurant. He enjoys greeting customers and keeping the outside area clean for visitors. SeaWorld San Diego has partnered with PRIDE Industries for over 30 years to hire people with disabilities, like Demetrius, throughout their park.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.

Alani Letang, anchor/reporter for Monterey’s KSBW8 Action News, details the work done by PRIDE Industries by employing people with disabilities all year long. She interviews several PRIDE Industries employees at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, who credit PRIDE Industries with giving them the skills and a sense of belonging by being able to go beyond their disabilities to become valuable employees.

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PRIDE Industries is a social enterprise delivering business excellence to public and private organizations nationwide.