This past year, CHPA took bold actions in response to the global reckoning on racial injustice. We established two separate committees for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) – a board-level steering committee and an internal staff-led inclusion, diversity, equity, acceptance (IDEA) committee – to identify tangible steps that CHPA, and its member companies, could take to help promote a more inclusive industry and to support broader efforts to ensure equity for all Americans.
In a short time we've accomplished a lot:
CHPA Board Steering Committee:
- Action list compiled after 10+ committee/subcommittee meetings
- CEO Pledge Commitment
- First product donation shipped
- Expert consultant retained
CHPA IDEA Committee:
- Created a Mission Statement
- Established IDEA Subcommittees
- Prepared CHPA's first ever DEI policy
- Observing MLK Day as an official CHPA holiday
- Establishing a staff Day of Service
- Completing bias training for all staff
- Hosting the Fireside Chat dialogue
- Connecting with local organizations and businesses
- Table-top discussions on DEI during CHPA's 2020 Virtual Regulatory, Scientific & Quality (RSQ) Conference and Virtual Gala of the CHPA Educational Foundation (CHPAEF).
CHPA established two committees to champion our DEI work: 1) a board-level steering committee focused on industry initiatives and 2) an internal, staff-led committee focused on organizational initiatives. Each committee has four subcommittees that drill deeper into a core focus area on DEI.
DEI Board Steering Committee Objectives
- Education and Training: To generate a best practice framework for companies’ DEI programs with a focus on educational programs and training.
- Policy: To provide resources and tools to assist companies interested in establishing or advancing internal policies, procedures, and best practices designed to promote an inclusive work environment.
- Initiatives and Community Outreach: To build trust with community leaders, address health disparities through access & education, and ensure that CHPA Member company advertising is reflective of diverse communities.
- NextGen Consumer Healthcare Leaders: To increase awareness and representation and support a pipeline of diverse talent in our industry, with a specific focus around recruitment, retention, development, and mentorship.
- Education & Training: Generates educational programs, training, and resources to enhance our understanding of inclusion, diversity, equity, and acceptance.
- Policy: Assesses, promotes, and develops best practices, policies, and procedures that are fair, equitable, inclusive, and sensitive for all employees in the workplace.
- Initiatives & Community Outreach: Serves marginalized and underserved communities and focuses on a variety of topics, including access to affordable healthcare. Moreover, it is actively involved in our local communities — including cultural events, education, and volunteer opportunities.
- NextGen Pharma Leaders Program: Establishes mentorship, internship, and career opportunities for middle, high school, and college students living in marginalized and underserved communities.