The Oxford English Dictionary defines diversity as the practice or quality of including or involving people from a range of different social and ethnic backgrounds and of different genders, sexual orientations, etc. It also describes inclusion as the practice or policy of providing equal access to opportunities and resources for people who might otherwise be excluded or marginalized, such as those who have physical or mental disabilities and members of other minority groups.
The term XBE was established in recognition of the lack of inclusion for all disadvantaged businesses. The eligibility to be certificated as DBE is not all-inclusive of every socially or economically disadvantaged group and thus the Diversity Consortium has recognized the necessity for encapsulation.
Created and designed to remedy the ongoing discrimination and continuing the effects of past discrimination in the marketplace; the term XBE will be used as an inclusive location of all DBE. This is a place where all hardworking, honest businesses providing great service can thrive.