This fiscal year, ERM launched several campaigns to celebrate and encourage an inclusive culture across the company. Three noteworthy themes were the focus for the months of June, January and March:
Celebrating our LGBT+ community
For the first time in our history, we observed Pride throughout the month of June 2018. Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. During June, we raised awareness of LGBT+ community issues in the workplace, not only at ERM, but also our clients. We shared employee stories and experiences across our enterprise social network.
Empowering persons with disabilities
In January 2019, ERM offices hosted lunchtime sessions in which we reflected on disability in the workplace and what we can do to empower and include our colleagues who live and work with a disability. This is a dimension of diversity that covers a very broad range of issues, so getting the conversation going across the company is incredibly important. We shared a variety of posts that explored some of the key issues our employees who live and work with a disability are facing every day. Across ERM, our employees actively engaged in conversations and testimonials about disabilities of all kinds, including those that are hidden.
Building a gender-balanced world
ERM celebrated International Women’s Day (8 March 2019) throughout the month in our offices around the world through global communications across our internal channels, as well as local office lunchtime sessions. We support SDG Goal 5 on gender equality within our own organization, through our work with clients and with our nonprofit partners through the ERM Foundation. This year’s theme, Balance for Better, reinforced the importance of balance in making the world a better place, for women and all people. Our local office sessions included a discussion on actions we could take for greater gender balance at all levels of the company, with output from those discussions being raised with our Global Advisory Group.