About Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at IFF
Partnering to create thriving communities is at the heart of everything we do. We leverage knowledge, capital, and resources to advance equitable and transformational outcomes in under-resourced communities, guided by our commitment to be an inclusive, anti-racist and anti-oppressive (ARAO) institution that honors communities as asset-rich and as experts in their own stories.
For almost 50 years, CDFIs have worked to align capital with justice, bridging gaps in the financial system where mainstream lenders can’t or won’t reach by increasing access to capital, technical assistance, and other specialized supports in under‐resourced communities.
As IFF CEO Joe Neri wrote in a 2019 blog post, however, inheriting the “very tools of capitalism that have wreaked havoc on communities of color for decades in repeated cycles of cynical wealth extraction” requires CDFIs to continually interrogate the products, services, and practices in use through a racial equity lens to ensure that they are not perpetuating the very inequities they’re designed to address.
At IFF, that’s meant the following, among others.