Following the social and racial unrest the United States experienced in the summer of 2020, CRA took stock of its organizational values and examined our impact on the community. This exercise resulted in adoption of a CRA Values Statement, which lays the groundwork for CRA’s advancement of diversity and inclusion, as well as addressing the environmental challenges the industry faces.
As we continue to build on these values, CRA President & CEO John Bode took the step of signing the CEO Action Pledge. By signing on to this commitment, CRA is pledging 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.
To support recruitment and workforce development efforts to increase industry diversity, as well as to provide guidance for the association’s practices and efforts regarding human resources, CRA initiated our Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Committee members collaborate on industry-wide efforts, share best practices and guide CRA’s scholarship program.
CRA’s Board of Directors fully supports the steps we are taking as an organization. In fact, we follow their example.
To engage the conversation about diversity and inclusion in agriculture, CRA teamed with Agri-Pulse to sponsor a series of discussions. The series kicked off with the webinar “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Agriculture: Ideas for Improvement.” We’ve captured highlights below and you can watch the entire discussion on Agri-Pulse TV.
We would like to keep an open dialogue on ways we can advance diversity, equity and inclusion in agriculture. We look forward to working with you and our community on these important issues.
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