Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) help to transform our company and our society. At Edelman, we empower our workforce to bring who they are to the table to help shape cultural movements and moments for the clients we serve.
We know that diversity of all types — gender, race, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, religion, veteran's status, disability and more — equity and inclusion enhance our vibrant work culture and help deliver stronger business results. We also believe that a workforce, comprised of employees from all demographics and with diversity in backgrounds and experiences, we can develop more meaningful campaigns that reach and resonate with our clients' increasingly diverse customer and stakeholder bases. DEI enables us to provide innovative and creative solutions, which is central to who we are and what we do at Edelman.
Our organizational values guide everything we do – the relentless pursuit of excellence, freedom to be constantly curious and courage to do the right thing. As a family-owned firm, inclusion is a natural extension of these values. That is why we are committed to maintaining an open and nurturing environment that fosters collaboration, drives diverse thinking among our employees and partners, and creates a culture that respects and celebrates DEI inside the walls of our agency and within the different communities where our clients operate.
We've created several ongoing efforts to create a work environment where DEI are woven into our culture, behaviors, processes and operations with a focus on employee networks, training, recruitment and partnerships, among other initiatives. Our global DEI Council helps to inform our firm-wide strategy and implement in their regions.
We're a committed partner in elevating DEI within the communications industry at large, partnering with organizations such as The 4A's, The Inclusive 100, ADCOLOR, 3%, the National Association of Black Journalists and others. We also partner with global organizations such as The Valuable 500 on disability inclusion, The International Women's Forum and several others making a difference in the workplace.
Our required Cross-Cultural Competency training is tailored to our business and is required for each member of our U.S. workforce. The goal is to ensure each employee has the knowledge and tools to help them in creating a more inclusive work environment and culture. Globally, training in unconscious bias and inclusive leadership are in development.
Our six Employee Network Groups serve as vehicles to build an internal community in which employees can share, learn and grow — professionally and personally. These groups are the catalyst for helping our employees create a community within the larger Edelman family. Through the work of the networks, our employees play an active role in acknowledging, celebrating and educating fellow colleagues about diverse cultures, ideals and beliefs.
Edelman has taken a stand on its journey to become an anti-racist firm through holding global employee discussions around cultural touchstone moments such as the ongoing efforts to fight systemic racism to encourage dialogue and drive understanding, as well as continued education from external speakers.