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SHRM ANNOUNCES DIVERSITY INITIATIVE

 ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is committed to helping its members understand the importance and value of diversity in the workplace," said Michael R. Losey, SPHR, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, at the opening of the society's 45th Annual Conference & Exposition in Washington, May 23-26.
 Losey's comments were made in conjunction with the unveiling of the society's "Diversity Initiative," a program endorsed earlier this year and composed of a range of action steps to be taken by the SHRM board and staff to focus the efforts of the society on diversity issues. The initiative also includes the establishment of goals and objectives intended to educate SHRM members on the importance of diversity in the workplace and to value and increase the diversity of the society's membership and staff.
 As part of the initiative on Saturday, May 22, the SHRM board adopted a position statement that supports the concept of fair employment practices without regard to sexual orientation. The position statement, which is consistent with the society's long-standing commitment to equal opportunity employment, supports "the concept of fair employment practices without regard to sexual orientation, with employment decisions being made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, such as education, experience, demonstrated competence and other attributes clearly related to effective job performance." The board's action restates the society's previously adopted position to support efforts to preserve an employer's ability to select and implement employee benefit programs and oppose any actions which would result in increased litigation.
 "Valuing diversity is about making employment decisions based on an individuals qualifications to perform a job," said Losey. "Employers must ignore irrelevant considerations and maximize the unique contributions that individuals from diverse backgrounds can bring to the workplace. That's what will make a company competitive."
 The Society for Human Resource Management is the leading voice of the profession, representing more than 53,000 professional and student members around the world. The society is a founding member and secretariat of the World Federation of Personnel Management Associations (WFPMA) which links human resource associations in 55 nations.
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