Diversity & Inclusion

The Manufacturing Institute is committed to supporting manufacturers’ efforts to build diverse and inclusive workplaces and strengthen equal opportunity in the United States. Diversity and inclusion make our workplaces stronger, and they also advance our country’s highest ideals.

Creating diverse and inclusive workplaces

The Manufacturing Institute’s Diversity and Inclusion initiative aims to make the manufacturing workforce more reflective of our communities. The Manufacturing Institute leads the industry in identifying and addressing systemic barriers to create and sustain a more diverse and inclusive workforce and equal opportunity in the United States. We work to foster and promote an inclusive culture in manufacturing, supporting companies with their D&I efforts and amplifying best practices to multiply the impact. Creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace is the right thing to do—and robust D&I initiatives will help change the perception of manufacturing and attract and retain a talented workforce.

Uniting Manufacturers

As the 501(c)3 workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the MI has supported the NAM and its leadership in a bold roadmap to increase equity and parity for underrepresented communities in the United States. Manufacturers across the country are stepping forward to not only be a part of the “Pledge for Action” but also to lay out specific actions they’ll take to support the pledge and achieve key goals to close the opportunity gap and the manufacturing skills gap.

By 2025, manufacturers commit to taking 50,000 tangible actions to increase equity and parity for underrepresented communities, creating 300,000 pathways to job opportunities for Black people and all people of color. In doing so, manufacturing will reflect the diversity of the overall U.S. workforce by 2030.”

Add your company to the pledge and join this initiative.


Advancing D&I Research

The Manufacturing Institute gathered insights, experiences and plans from a chorus of D&I experts—interviewed by PwC and The Manufacturing Institute—from consumer and industrial manufacturing companies and other sectors.


The Manufacturing Institute studied the upskilling strategies utilized by manufacturers targeting their aging workforces and explored best practices on how these companies have been able to successfully extend the working years of this important group.


The Manufacturing Institute gathered data regarding current industry D&I policies from manufacturers across the country to create a baseline for current practices and attitudes around D&I topics, such as hiring, diversity-related reporting and employee resources.

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D&I Advisory Committee

The Manufacturing Institute’s D&I Advisory Committee helps guide growth and advise on program elements to further the engagement of key populations of our existing and future workforce. The Advisory Committee drives industry action to foster and promote an inclusive culture in manufacturing, support manufacturers with tangible deliverables and amplify best practices.