The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) announced the formation of a member-driven Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force.
The task force will help to facilitate discussions on industry needs and what NPMA can do as an association to assist member companies and the industry in this critical business area.
“According to the 2020 US Census data, people who identify as multi-racial increased by 276 percent, from 9 million in 2010 to 33.8 million in 2020. This data offers a portrait of an increasingly diverse nation, and as an industry, we need to embrace all people,” Scott Steckel, president NPMA, said in a news release.
NPMA President and CEO Dominique Stumpf, CAE, CMP, added, “We need to support our members in their company’s efforts, where appropriate, and ensure we are providing an environment of diversity, equity and inclusion.”
The task force will be led by Chair Erin Richardson, president of Henderson, Tenn.-based All-American Pest Control, and Co-chair Joel Nolasco, owner of Mamaroneck, N.Y.-based NuBorn Pest Control. The task force is comprised of industry leaders stemming from a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, ethnicities and perspectives.
An organizational meeting of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force will be held in October, followed by a DEI expert-facilitated session to help guide the conversation as the task force builds its foundation and strategic direction.
To learn more about NPMA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force, visit the NPMA website.