Diversity and Inclusion is paramount at Weber Shandwick – it isn’t just a program or initiative, it’s a strategic imperative deeply integrated into the way we do business.
Diversity alone is not enough. Inclusion is essential in unlocking the transformative potential of a diverse staff. We place high value on our team’s wide range of backgrounds, perspectives and thinking styles, leveraging them to generate the ground-breaking ideas our clients expect and to create an inspiring, high-performance workplace that fosters collaboration and attracts the best minds in the business.
We view diversity through multiple lenses – race, gender, sexual orientation/identity, age, religion, physical abilities, socio-economic status – all of the attributes that make us who we are and think the way we do. And we recognize the incredible advantage of building and maintaining a diverse, culturally intelligent and agile workforce to serve the needs of demographically changing stakeholders.
Our diversity and inclusion strategy is a two-pronged effort designed to maximize workforce diversity and create a climate for inclusion: externally, we engage in partnerships with powerful, diversity-focused organizations to deliver talent, grow the pipeline and earn recognition as a D&I thought leader and advocate for people of color and women in business. Internally, we work to provide development and advancement opportunities for diverse employees, drive widespread engagement and education, and elevate the reach of diversity and inclusion to advance a climate that fosters collaboration and drives peak performance.
Employee engagement in national and local programs bolsters shared commitment to inclusion across levels, functions, offices and demographic groups. Our cross-office Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Council brings employees together to share ideas and best practices on increasing our D&I efforts at every level of the business. D&I Council membership continued to grow in 2014 to nearly 120 employees. Weber Shandwick encourages local