Davis listed the various ways in which the company has been at work supporting issues of equality for all. For example, the company has voiced its position on numerous recent public policy issues, including travel restrictions, transgender service in the military, situations in Charlottesville and Orlando, and most recently, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
These positions have reiterated the company’s core belief that any policies that discriminate are contrary to
“What we really want to do is to bring about change,” Douglas said. Noting that sometimes change can be brought about through public statements, he pointed out that it’s important to work together with people, organizations, businesses, and governments who can help push forward positive change.
In addition to recognizing all the work the company has done around stances on specific causes outside of the company, Davis spent time talking about an internal pilot initiative called Stand as One Circles, spearheaded by the women’s LINC BRG.
The Stand as One Circles provide associates an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of employees to discuss relevant diversity and cultural issues in an open environment. Based on positive feedback from the participants of the original Stand as One Circles, the team is working on version 2.0, which will be introduced later this year.
Watch the video below to see how Stand as One Circles have increased awareness of diversity and culture among associates:
Associates Drive Diversity and Inclusion
Hundreds of associates have joined various company Business Resource Groups (BRGs) to help keep dialogue open and to encourage conversations around culture and diversity.
In fact, the desire to learn more about diversity and inclusion issues has led many associates and some teams, through a company sponsorship, to visit the nearby Center for Civil and Human Rights and learn more about our nation and our city’s civil-rights history.
And noticing people’s curiosity and desire to learn about these issues, leaders such as Julie Seitz and Bhupesh Patel have held their own listening sessions with their teams. These conversations provided space for employees to talk about their experiences and allowed their teams to better understand one another.
When Employees and Leadership Come Together
The Stand as One session again demonstrated that the company is at its best when employees are empowered. A question about the lack of diversity reflected in the artwork on campus during the previous Stand as One session resulted in a new series of exhibits that highlights important topics like women’s history, including an exhibit on
“We continue to produce these Stand as One town halls for moments just like the one today regarding our position on DACA,” said Davis after the event. “I am inspired daily by the ideas and passion our employees bring to our business and issues of equality and inclusion. This passion allows us to address concerns head on and resolve issues that matter to people. Ultimately, driving a more inclusive culture in our company.
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