Promoting an industrial and manufacturing sector as diverse as New York City

The industrial sector represents 16% of the NYC workforce and includes jobs in manufacturing and production; transportation, logistics, and distribution; infrastructure services, waste management, and utilities; and building and construction. Combined, these industries tend to provide higher wages ($6575k on average) among jobs that don’t require college accreditation, and have more BIPOC 1 representation (73%) than the overall NYC workforce (56%). But industrial sector leadership and owner roles are predominantly white and male, and women’s representation (usually in administrative roles) falls between 28% and 42%, lower than NYC overall (53%).

In addition to the moral imperative to deliver equitable outcomes for staff members, industrial businesses must address their DEI practices as a means of economic survival and business viability. As the labor pool becomes increasingly diverse, DEI efforts will help businesses attract and retain people of color, women, and immigrants to industrial and manufacturing jobs, particularly at the management and leadership level.

Presentation by Dr. LB Hannahs of Tangible Development.
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