South Florida Business and Wealth recently honored Andrew Koenig, Managing Director of City Furniture, with its 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Award.
“We are both thrilled and honored to have been selected by the committee for the Diversity and Inclusion Award,” Koenig said. “It is truly an honor to be recognized. At City, we embrace a philosophy of diversity, equity and inclusion, and believe this is what enables us to innovate, collaborate and grow in as a community driven business.
The SFBW Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognize individuals from all sectors, from business and finance to healthcare and education, as well as nonprofit organizations, advocates for community and civic leadership.
Awards were presented for team and individual efforts, recognizing influential citizens and public servants in the areas of diversity, inclusion and overall equality in the workplace and community. The annual event honors senior South Florida executives who display an ongoing dedication to a more equitable society.
As CEO of City, Koenig ensures that diversity and inclusion strategies are integrated into all operations, and for Koenig, this starts with recruiting and hiring. According to the press release, the diversity of backgrounds in the workplace brings different perspectives, ideas, skills, experiences and work styles that cultivate innovation and problem solving and contribute to everyone’s success.
To achieve diversity in recruiting talent, the South Florida-based family-owned furniture and mattress retailer works with several community partners and veteran organizations. As the company continues to grow and develop, Koenig ensures that its workforce represents the communities they serve.
In 2021, the city added a dedicated DE&I budget, developing key DE&I metrics to measure improvement against goals, maintaining DE&I resource centers and key messages within the city’s internal communications platforms. The company also enhanced social media with inclusive content, partnering with DE&I-related companies and organizations, and developing a sourcing strategy for minority suppliers.
Koenig strongly believes that all associates should feel welcomed, respected, appreciated, valued, safe and given the opportunity to grow, according to the press release. For this reason, the city is intentional in its efforts to create and foster an inclusive workforce, offering employee resource groups dedicated to meeting the needs of associates of diverse ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations and more. (The city’s ERGs are not only open to associates who identify with this community, but also to their allies.) The company strives to broaden perspectives and have an open dialogue about differences in people to help associates better understand and appreciate one another.