ASE and The Employers’ Association (TEA) Release Results from their 2020 Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices - American Society of Employers - Heather Nezich

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ASE and The Employers’ Association (TEA) Release Results from their 2020 Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices

ASE Media Contact: Heather Nezich, Communications Manager, ASE, 248.223.8040,

TEA Media Contact: Penny Mollica, Communications Manager, TEA, 616-698-1167,


Troy & Grand Rapids, MI.  December 8, 2020 --- ASE, one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, together with The Employers’ Association (TEA), have released results to their joint survey – 2020 Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices.  ASE and TEA invited its broader Michigan membership to participate in an electronic survey in July of 2020. This brief survey captured current practices around common diversity programs and strategies.


Highlights of the survey include:


  • 42% of participants maintain formal policies that address employee diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Nearly half of all respondents have no formal DE&I programs.
  • A lack of staff resources and workload constraints were listed as the main obstacles to DE&I initiatives.
  • Just over a third of those surveyed implemented respectful workplaces (harassment) training for employee or managers in 2020.
  • Over a third (33.7%) of employers have no written policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
  • 69.3% of organizations surveyed have a formal policy that identifies an accommodation process for disability; 36.4% have a process in place for religious accommodations.
  • 89.3% of organizations stated they have a formal written Code of Conduct


The 2020 Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices findings were announced by ASE President and CEO, Mary E. Corrado and TEA President, Jason Reep.


“We are pleased to provide the business community this valuable data regarding strategic decisions focusing on workplace diversity, equity practices, and efforts to create inclusive work environments.  TEA and ASE have seen a recent increase in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) attention in businesses.  Both associations have assisted many organizations to enhance and focus their DEI strategies, and the opportunity to partner on this state-wide survey will help benchmark best practices throughout Michigan, stated Reep. 


Corrado added, “This survey shows that employers are making efforts to improve their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices but many lack the resources necessary to launch a full-scale program.  ASE and TEA are here to help Michigan organizations with their diversity and inclusion efforts by providing the necessary data and resources.”


Background information on the 2020 Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices:

179 organizations from across Michigan participated. Organizations with less than 500 employees nationally made up more than 84% of the survey sample. 53.4% were from the Detroit Metropolitan area, and 32.4% were from the Grand Rapids area.


The survey provides an important opportunity for organizations to examine their current practices and work towards integrating DE&I into their organization. In addition, for organizations that “do not know where to start,” this survey provides many clear action steps that can be taken to begin the process. To obtain a copy of the 2020 Survey on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Practices, contact ASE’s Survey Team at or 248.223.8025.  This survey is available at no cost to ASE members and is available for purchase by nonmembers.


About ASE
ASE is Michigan’s trusted HR partner.  ASE is a non-profit, membership organization – everything we do is based on the needs of members and to drive the success of their organizations.  ASE strengthens organization's HR departments by offering member benefits and discounted services that span the entire employee lifecycle including recruitment, development, and retention while minimizing compliance risk. We provide our members guidance through new legislation and workplace issues such as those currently occurring with the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about ASE at


About TEA
The Employers’ Association is a not-for-profit association incorporated in 1939 to provide practical Human Resource Solutions to the West Michigan business community – many having business operations throughout the world. Viewing Human Resources as more of a risk management than a compliance profession, we help hundreds of companies maximize employee productivity and minimize employer liability while seeking operational excellence through practical human resources and management advice, training, benchmark information, and consulting services. Learn more about TEA at


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