Diversity and inclusion: the cornerstone of the cable industry

April is the celebration of Diversity Month, and as the cable industry embraces and strives for diversity within its business and workforce throughout the year, this month is a good time to reflect on diversity and inclusion efforts across the internet and television world, and how diversity and inclusion continue to serve as a cornerstone of the industry.

For decades, the cable industry has been committed to diversifying its workforce and taking a stand for a more inclusive world. The industry is also proud to celebrate diversity in all aspects of its business, through its workforce, on screen and behind the scenes. These efforts culminate during the annual Industry Diversity Week held each year in the fall, when leaders from cable television networks and operators come together to advocate for better diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

The Walter Kaitz Foundation, which raises money for programs that give and advance people of color for leadership and business growth, serves as a catalyst to continue to advance the industry’s continued commitment to workforce diversity and inclusive storytelling. The Corporation has a robust grant program to fund various initiatives, including the biennial Cable Industry Diversity Survey which is used to assess the industry’s effectiveness in driving diverse recruitment and professional development initiatives.

Cable and television network operators also host a large number of events and initiatives dedicated to diversity and inclusion. These include workforce groups within its business that focus on providing opportunities for people of color to rise through the company’s executive ranks. Other initiatives focus not only on promoting the importance of diversity in the larger society, but on ramping up anti-racism efforts and spreading awareness about systemic racism and injustice and ways to rebuild toward a more inclusive and just world. Whether it’s by leveraging strong community partnerships across the country or using airlines to distribute this message, or by creating programs that give people of color prominent and leadership roles on screen and behind the scenes, the cable industry understands the pivotal role it plays in shaping an inclusive culture. in America.

Indeed, in the past two years, cable operators and TV programmers have redoubled their efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in various ways, whether by increasing funds for multi-year programs dedicated to fighting injustice and inequality, or toward developing diverse programs. Talent in the workforce or on screen. Several cable networks have also revealed their most diverse and comprehensive list of programs to date over the past year, and they continue to take steps toward ensuring that people of color and of diverse backgrounds are represented equally and fairly on screen.

As the month begins, it is important to acknowledge the great strides that have been made in prioritizing diversity in business and eliminating social injustice in the larger community. But it is also important to acknowledge all the work that remains to be done, to continue to seek opportunities that allow for more inclusive work environments, to create better pathways for people of color, and to advocate loudly for a more diverse and equitable America.

To learn more about the cable industry’s dedication to diversity and inclusion, read more here. Also check back later this month for more stories about how the cable industry is promoting the values ​​of diversity and inclusion across all of its workforce and the audiences it serves.