Follett D&I Journey
While we are very early in our journey, our commitment to diversity & inclusion is resonating. Our work is beginning with a focus on recognizing the impact of intentionally recruiting, developing, promoting and retaining diverse talent.
Just one year ago, there was very limited diversity on our Executive Committee. As clear recognition of the importance of the need for different voices and perspectives to help shape our future, and to highlight the commitment of our CEO, we started by changing here.
We are continuing the momentum by forming an Inclusivity Leadership Council and Inclusivity Ambassador Committee. These groups will assist us in creating and driving a more inclusive work culture.
We hired Follett's first-ever leader of Diversity & Inclusion and launched a journey to build awareness and engage our Executive Committee. We improved representation on the team from one diverse leader out of eleven, to two people of color and two women.
One of our locations recently celebrated Diwali "Festival of Lights," prompting us to create a cultural calendar that recognizes the many special days celebrated by our employees. We encouraged our employees to submit cultural holidays important to them and we will acknowledge these special days as part of our commitment to recognizing what's essential to our employees. Our Ambassador Committee will use this, and other examples, to share our progress through storytelling.
As the CEO of a 147-year-old company intent on improving the world by inspiring learning and shaping education, I recognize that our workforce needs to reflect the unique backgrounds and experiences of the communities we serve. By fostering an inclusive culture, we will build an employee community that feels valued and respected as individuals and will be more motivated to drive change.