Northwest Arkansas Council commits to make Arkansas more inclusive

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Northwest Arkansas Council commits to making the workforce and our community more inclusive.

The group composed of regional leaders announced a racial equity pledge to address systemic racism and promote a more just, equitable region.

With this pledge, the council agrees to:

  • Participate in training related to the history of systemic racism and unconscious bias
  • Ensure workplace environments are free of discrimination and prejudice
  • Support public policies (federal, state and local) in favor of the advancement of everyone regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs
  • Continue to seek engagement and improvement where it is needed

“We understand that this is a marathon and not a sprint and we will keep working at this, as it is too important not to,” said Todd Simmons, Simmons Foods CEO and presiding co-chair of the Northwest Arkansas Council.

The NWA Council has also established a new group called Engage Northwest Arkansas consistent with the pledge.

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