The focus of our first full year with a DEI Manager was to ensure that we built a foundation to support policies and practices for all. A few highlights:
- Extended benefits for domestic partners
- Expanded benefits to cover transition benefits for our LGBTQ+ Associates
- Developed & began to implement an International DEI Strategy focused on culture, brand, and business initiatives
Our programming focused on building awareness and skills, and taking action, even if that next step is to commit to continued learning (all Associates are encouraged to join us). The goal is to help everyone understand their accountability in becoming allies for underrepresented groups in the workplace.
Educational events include ‘“Transgender & Nonbinary Inclusion Training” by Max Mowitz from One Iowa and André Robert Lee’s viewing of his film documentary “The Road to Justice.” These events allow Associates to explore additional perspectives and learn about the civil rights struggle within the United States.
To drive inclusion, we knew we needed to listen more, so in 2021 we created a benchmark as a part of our Associate Voice Survey that will be used going forward. Introducing our Inclusion Index (we are proud to share that our first year received an 83% favorability rating).
In addition, we also measure the following metrics in relation to our efforts around diversity, equity and inclusion: