Diversity enriches our culture and delivers stronger business results. But diversity cannot be maintained without equity and inclusion, the necessary elements to foster genuine belonging.
Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) transform our colleagues, our company, our clients and our communities and propel us forward. By recognizing, valuing and maintaining diversity of all types—gender, gender expression, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability status, socio-economic background and more—we create an environment where individual authenticity can power collective ambition.
At Edelman, we are in relentless pursuit of an equitable and inspiring workplace, where empathy is progress and curiosity is momentum. A workplace that is respectful to all, reflects and represents the world in which we live and fosters trust and true collaboration.
Each day and on each project, we are working to ensure that our colleagues truly feel a sense of belonging and can bring the best of who they are to their work— taking action and shaping impactful moments and movements at Edelman, with our clients and for our communities.
DEI Pillars & Programs
The world is changing rapidly, and our DEI actions must evolve and accelerate to meet our employees' and clients' needs. Edelman's strategy is divided into four pillars to ensure DEI is woven into our culture, behaviors and processes.
Partnerships & Sponsorships
As part of our ongoing commitment to champion DE&I within the PR, marketing, advertising, and communications industries, Edelman has made it a priority to partner with diverse industry and professional groups to provide leadership and growth opportunities for individuals around our network. Additionally, we work with community organizations and non-profit partners to positively impact and influence society.
Cultivating Community Through Connection
Edelman Week of Belonging
Edelman’s Global Week of Belonging (WOB) is an opportunity for colleagues across our global network to be educated, engaged and empowered in and around our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey. While this work is ongoing, this week provides the opportunity, and the space, for colleagues to be actively informed and involved in various aspects of understanding, inclusion and belonging at Edelman.
Authentic 365 Podcast
Authentic 365, an Edelman podcast, dives into the stories and experiences of people who make it their mission to live their truths — at the office, after hours, and at home. Hosted by a team of Edelman colleagues from around the globe, we invite internal and external creatives, communicators and change-makers of all types to speak about how they find inspiration to show up authentically as themselves and for others — 365 days of the year.
Edelman Boundless is a collaborative network for employees of Asian cultures and their allies to confide and advance a collective commitment to understanding, equity and belonging. The mission of Boundless is empowered by members' unique perspectives and incredibly diverse cultures, strengthening efforts to educate Edelman colleagues on the experiences of Asian communities.
Edelman Equal's mission is to inspire a diverse and inclusive environment that enables LGBTQIA+ employees to be their authentic selves and drives forward the firm's business within the context of an evolving global society. The group focuses on employee advocacy, business development and organizational culture.
Edelman Forward unites the skills, experience and leadership of the agency's military ex-servicemembers, National Guard and Reserve employees and their families. Edelman Forward fosters a veteran-friendly workplace and community, while supporting and engaging veterans in their paths toward post-military success at Edelman. Edelman Forward also leverages our ex-servicemember employees' professional expertise and personal experiences to support and advance the former military community.
Edelman Griot is a network for Black employees and all colleagues who have a desire to learn more about the community. Griot's mission is to provide a space to honor, celebrate, inform, inspire and support the Black experience and our Black colleagues around the globe. With roots to Western Africa, the griot is a storyteller whose job encompasses many roles — from recounting history and sharing information to teaching students and acting as diplomats. This legacy has a strong connection to the role we play as storytellers for our clients.
Edelman's Global Women's Equality Network (GWEN) is an internal initiative with a mission to continue to foster an environment where women of all backgrounds can enjoy equal opportunities to grow, lead and succeed in and beyond Edelman. Since its inception in 2011, GWEN's goal has been to achieve gender parity within our firm's most senior levels, which was reached in 2021 with now more than 50% women in senior leadership around the globe. Efforts are underway to establish new goals and programs to provide opportunities, access and growth for women across all career levels at Edelman.
Edelman Inclusivo's mission is to create an inclusive environment for Hispanic employees and their allies. The group leverages professional expertise and personal experiences to support and advance the Hispanic community through Edelman local market initiatives, projects and programs.
Ability's (formerly DCN – Disability, Chronic Illness, Neurodivergence), mission is to create a culture and community where the unique expertise and strengths of people with disabilities, chronic illnesses and/or those who are neurodivergent can thrive. Through enriching experiences, we shine a light on individuality and our collective power as colleagues, advocates and allies for Ability and the value they bring to our work.
Uplift champions and honors our diverse faith communities and their allies, recognizing we have more in common than not. We model kindness and encourage respect of spiritual beliefs and practices. We build bridges of understanding to advance the common good and celebrate our diverse faiths. In doing so, we create a safe space for colleagues to comfortably live their beliefs and discuss faith in the workplace, to help normalize religious conversations, and educate colleagues about inclusive faith-based practices and observances.
Perspectives, Insights & Research
Personal and expert views on DEI best practices, trends and experiences.
While our culture has evolved over our firm’s 60-plus-year history, we are still driven by Dan Edelman’s founding principles, including entrepreneurship, independence and the mandate that everyone is an account executive.
Edelman's Multicultural Communication Practice comprises 40+ experts who take a bold, culture-fueled approach to help brands and businesses authentically earn cultural relevancy and trust with Black, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, Indigenous American and other emerging majority audiences. Our work is intersectional, engaging LGBTQIA+ communities, people with disabilities, and other historically excluded demographics.