Why would a business choose NOT to have a diversity based group to assist in recruiting and retention while opening communication lines between the community and management??? It seems that it would be in the best interests of every party involved to want additional communication so that misunderstandings and mis-communication could be minimized....
I owned my own business for a lot of years and I had an understanding, if you keep your employees happy, they will keep the customers happy, and it is the customers who really pay the paychecks. If an employee can to me with an idea, like a diversity group, it made sense to listen, especially if there was a good business case to employ the ideas.
I now work for a company that I have been trying for about a year now to start one of these groups. I have approached HR, but they will not let me talk to the decision makers above them who have declined the idea. Here is the business justification. We are a call center that competes with two other major call centers in our city for employees. The other two employers are active in the LGBT community here and are pulling highly (ok, over) qualified help in left and right, and because of the way these groups work, they have a much higher employee retention rate, which minimizes the costs associated with new hire employment and training. The response from our HR manager is that the idea was sent up the ladder and they said no. When I asked why, I was told that he didn't know, just that they said no. When I asked to speak to them to present the idea and show the significant cost savings to the company, I was told that I am not allowed to speak to them at all.
I guess I am not smart enough to understand the reasons behind this... Could someone please explain????