Diversity and Inclusion Policy

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Policy

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Our Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Policy

At [company], we believe that we are only as strong as we are different. We celebrate everything that makes our employees unique, and we love how our varied backgrounds improve our team and our product.

This means that we:

  • Celebrate what makes us different (we’d throw a party every day if we could).
  • Speak with kindness and curiosity when we discuss our differences (YES it’s okay – encouraged, even  – to talk about it! We love a kind discussion about what makes us unique.)
  • Discuss and respect boundaries.
    • If someone unintentionally says or does something that feels disrespectful, it’s your responsibility to speak up and let them know.
    • It’s their responsibility to apologize and make sure they understand why it was disrespectful and avoid such language or behavior in the future. This should be an open discussion with both sides assuming good intent and a chance to educate and learn from each other.

If there is a clear, intentional disrespect, discrimination, or harassment based on protected characteristics, discuss (with specific references) what your teammate has done to make you uncomfortable with their direct manager. If you are uncomfortable talking directly with their manager you are welcome to speak with [name].

Our goal is for everyone at [company] to be accepting and kind. We hold each employee to these standards.

We will take action against any employee found guilty of discrimination or harassment on the basis of protected characteristics (such as age, gender, pregnancy, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, race, and ethnicity), up to and including termination of employment.

Bottom Line:

We have zero-tolerance for discrimination and harassment at [company].

Next : Why D&I? >

Why D&I?

Being able to acknowledge diversity is one of the most crucial steps for an inclusive workplace. If you have the opportunity to bring your full self to work without fear of discrimination (that’s inclusion), you will build stronger connections with your teammates, you will feel more engaged in your role, and your company will actually perform better (Seriously! Studies have proven a correlation between a diverse and engaged workforce and better financial performance in companies!)

This Subject will teach you what you need to know about diversity and inclusion, the role it plays in our company, and how you can contribute to maintaining a work environment that is welcoming to all.

Next : What is diversity? >

What is diversity?

Diversity is the presence of difference within a given setting. It is not one person, but a group of unique people from different backgrounds. It encompasses protected characteristics (differences) such as age, gender, pregnancy, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, race, and ethnicity. When there is a lack of diversity, it simply means that the group is homogenous in one or more of these areas.

Next : What is inclusion? >

What is inclusion?

In the words of Verna Myers, “Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance.” Here’s how we like to think of it – we want everyone at [company] to feel comfortable bringing their full, true selves to work without fear of discrimination. Everyone has something that makes them unique, and we think that’s great!

Next : What qualifies as discrimination? >

What qualifies as discrimination?

We define discrimination as:

Behaviors on the basis of protected characteristics: age, gender, pregnancy, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, race, and ethnicity

And including, but not limited to:

  • Denial of benefits, appropriate compensation, or growth / promotion
  • Job refusal or exclusion from employment
  • Termination of employment
  • Denial of use of company facilities or property
  • Preferential treatment
  • Exclusion or isolation by co-workers
  • Hostile work environment
  • Failure to understand and provide necessary accommodations due
Next : What qualifies as harassment? >

What qualifies as harassment?

We define harassment as:

Treatment in a way that is offensive, humiliating, intimidating, or threatening because of protected characteristics: age, gender, pregnancy, abilities, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, race, and ethnicity

And including, but not limited to:

  • Jokes
  • Comments
  • Name-calling
  • Hate speech
  • Insults
  • Intolerance
  • Perpetuation of stereotypes
  • Physical assault or violence

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