The rise of social justice initiatives and workplace equity has put tremendous pressure on companies to incorporate diversity into the workplace. Now and more than ever companies are taking the necessary steps to increase pipeline equity across the board. This is great news for Black and Latin-X professionals who have consistently fallen behind in the race for workplace equality and visibility.
The Wall Street Journal did an analysis in 2019 of companies based on their diversity and inclusivity performance. The 20 most diverse companies were found to outperform the least diverse companies. The most diverse companies had an average operating profit margin of 12%, compared to 8% for the least diverse. Additionally, the analysis found that shares of companies with higher diversity scores tended to outperform their counterparts with lower scores.
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Warby Parker is driven to continue building a workplace, based on inclusive behaviors and equitable systems, where all employees can bring their authentic selves, feel engaged, and share their perspectives as a valued member of Team Warby. (They’re happy to say that the Human Rights Campaign has named them the Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ employees!)
Their Racial Equity Strategy transparently outlines their promise to fostering inclusivity, equity, and diversity within the company and beyond. (You can read their entire commitment here, and they’ll be providing updates in their annual Impact Reports.) This is an evolution of the work they’ve been passionate about since Warby Parker’s founding—and a look ahead at work still to come.
Like most start-ups, creating the foundation of DEI is essential to maintaining growth and retention within an organization. Rocket Travel started its DEI journey in 2020 and is actively working to improve those efforts daily. “We know we have a long way to go, but we are committed to making lasting change and will do our part to leave Rocket a much more diverse place than we found it,” said Carolina. To create a more inclusive work environment, Rocket Travel has incorporated employee-led committees that work to make sure they are focusing on DEI in every aspect of Rocket. A new initiative they recently launched is implementing heritage celebrations, starting with Black History Month. This year for Black History Month, they plan to educate everyone at their company and highlight some of their great black talents. To further their diversity efforts, Rocket Travel has partnered with Holistic to help navigate the DEI struggles, and they have been working with Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan in training for justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. They also recently started hosting a Trans-Affirming Best Practices Workshop, sponsored by Praxis Group.
A mentorship program for professional development
Rocket Travel currently has 99 employees in total, which includes contract workers. They’re hoping to add at least 30 new hires by the end of 2021. Check out their open roles below.
Kenway Consulting is a management and technology consulting firm whose entire reason for existence is to help companies and their employees. Founded in 2004 on the principles of being good and being truthful, Kenway’s set of Guiding Principles steers each employee’s decision-making process and centers on integrity, quality, value, and respect. The company focuses on the means and not the outcomes, always in line with these Guiding Principles, and always with integrity as its cornerstone. Kenway strives to provide all clients with unmatched quality and service and specializes in the areas of Technology Solution Delivery, Enterprise Program Leadership, and Information Insight.
DEI Plans: Kenway is a strong supporter of diverse pipeline equity and is currently in the process of implementing realistic DEI initiatives to help their organization grow.
Collaborative Culture with Focus on Work-Life Balance
KEEN is committed to putting their values in motion. From the products they make, to the actions they take, they inspire themselves and others to live and work monumental every day.
Yes, they make great shoes. More importantly, they build amazing careers and support healthy families. KEENs employees aren’t simply their greatest resource. They’re the reason they do any of the things that make their business go forward. From their factories to their design offices, to the retail floors, KEENs brand is full of people brimming with a passion for excellence, a love for life outside, and a desire to make things better. If that resonates with you, we may just have your dream job waiting.
KEEN has a grass-roots, employee-led, Justice Equity Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) committee where they focus on the topics you see below:
Employee Experience: Focused on internally promoting Heritage/History Months through education, action, and engagement
Integrity and Accountability: Focused on researching and suggesting ways to change/enact policies that support a more diverse and inclusive workforce
Communications: Focused on communicating the JEDI Working Groups projects out to the whole company
Product: Focused on our product – from the design process to how it shows up for consumers – using a JEDI lens to find projects and improvements that can be made
Fans: Focused on how we are showing up in our external content, how we can externally amplify the JEDI work being done internally