Building Inclusiveness in Your Mission and Values

Mission Statements

The purpose of a mission statement is to make clear an organization's core purpose, the general methods it uses to achieve its overall goals, and the primary community that it serves.


Values Statements

Values statements spell out the core principles that guide an organization's work. Whether or not they are officially stated, an organization's values are an important part of the organization's culture. Values statements help define the principles and ethics by which an organization operates and can act as a guide. They help define what is right and wrong as well as the behaviors and perspectives that are valued within the organization. They are often called upon to help resolve conflicts or to negotiate ethical dilemmas. Community members also can look to these statements to find out more about an organization. Not all organizations have values statements, but all organizations have values.

If your organization does not have or does not want to have a values statement at this time, then only complete the portions of this content that relate to mission statements.

However, if your organization does have a values statement, then it is probably worthwhile to re-examine it as a part of your inclusiveness initiative. Likewise, if your organization does not currently have a values statement but would like to develop one, continue with the content regarding values.


Complete Current Mission and Values Statements; Benefits of Inclusive Mission and Values Statements; Analyzing Information; Deciding What to Include in the Blueprint; and Developing an Action Plan for Mission and Organizational Values.


Examples of Mission Statements with Commitments to Diversity/Inclusiveness

Examples of Values Statements with Commitments to Diversity/Inclusiveness