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Indy's business community driving equity!

Join the movement and help increase the collective impact of BEI through its focus on People, Procurement, and Policy. BEI membership offers a FREE vehicle for your organization to take action and demonstrate to your employees and stakeholders that you take seriously the challenges faced by our community’s Black population and other people of color.

The Perks

Why Become a BEI Member?

Data Collection

BEI pledges to share our progress toward the goal of a racially equitable community. We must hold one another accountable through the continuous collection and analysis of data to measure short and long-term change for Indy Region’s Black residents and people of color. BEI members must complete a yearly survey to provide annualized data regarding our three priorities: People, Procurement, and Policy.

The information provided will remain confidential. Reporting and dashboarding will aggregate the data so that no information, results, or analyses can correlate to a specific organization or individual.

It’s important to note that BEI focuses on serving Indiana-based communities, so please provide people, procurement, and policy data corresponding to Indiana only.

 

Process:

When an organization signs up for membership, a survey will be emailed electronically within 30 days to the primary contact listed to begin collecting data for the prior calendar year. Organizations are asked to complete the survey within 14 days and submit it electronically. Should you require support or have questions regarding the data requested, please contact Kristen Lampkin (klampkin@cicpindiana.com).

View the metrics BEI collects in aggregate from each BEI member company and additional FAQs on the BEI Data Collection Process

FAQs

Have More Questions? Take a look at the FAQs below or view the full document below!

Any organization or institution with operations and staff located in Central Indiana (9-county region: Marion, Hamilton, Boone, Hendricks, Morgan, Johnson, Shelby, Hancock, Madison), may sign up to be a member. All organizations who opt to sign up for membership must agree to meet all requirements listed of their selected membership level (Gold or Silver), including providing data on workforce, procurement practices, and policy advocacy (if a lobbying organization).

BEI membership is FREE! This is an opportunity for your organization to publicly make the commitment to advancing racial equity in Central Indiana and join like-minded businesses and institutions in taking action around equity and inclusion and removing more barriers in our community for all Hoosiers. All you need to commit it your time and talents to contribute to this collaborative effort.

A member of the BEI team will contact you to confirm receipt and answer any initial questions you may have. You’ll also receive links to sign up for an information session on August 3 (optional) as well as for aBEI New Member Orientation on September 7 (required for new members).

Representative(s) from your organization are invited to attend a 2-hour orientation on September 7. BEI will share more information about its history and mission, our three pillars of focus (People, Procurement, and Policy), how to participate and complete your membership requirements annually, and provide more explanation on the data collection process.

Representative(s) from your organization are invited to attend a 2-hour orientation on September 7. BEI will share more information about its history and mission, our three pillars of focus (People, Procurement, and Policy), how to participate and complete your membership requirements annually, and provide more explanation on the data collection process.

The data BEI collects are aggregated and anonymized, so no individual company’s specific data is published. We collect this data to first find a baseline of how our Central Indiana business community is performing currently, so we can then set goals to improve our metrics in the future. Transparency of our progress is a key element of BEI’s philosophy, and by becoming a member you can help visibly demonstrate Indy’s ongoing work toward creating an inclusive economy.

On BEI’s website, you can find a comprehensive list of best practices, recommendations, strategies, and programs from which you can select to implement throughout the year. Based on your membership level (Gold or Silver), there are varying degrees of participation requirements. Leveraging BEI’s resources and programming, BEI will survey all member companies annually to understand what has been implemented or is in progress to maintain membership status. At any time, you can contact the BEI Program Manager, Erica Pedroza, to answer any questions about participation.

Yes – being a BEI member company involves other participation requirements beyond the Procurement Roundtable. Any company can participate in the Procurement Roundtable, whether they are a BEI member or not.

Yes – let’s make it official! BEI membership is a formal commitment to take action across our three pillars, or 3 P’s: People, Procurement, and Policy.

You can contact us at info@businessequityindy.com or send a request through our website’s Contact Us form.

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