Diversity & Inclusion: Best in Class
Three examples of corporate diversity and inclusion programs were examined: Cisco's Multiplier Effect, Progressive's Multi-Cultural Leadership Development Program, and Adobe's Supplier Diversity initiative.
Cisco: The Multiplier Effect
- Cisco -- an IT, cybersecurity and networking multinational -- has been ranked as one of the most diverse tech companies operating in the US. Cisco's current executive leadership team is 62% diverse in terms of gender and ethnicity.
- Their signature diversity program, launched in 2017, is called The Multiplier Effect, and it invites every leader to sponsor one diverse person to advance to the next level in their career. This applies to what they describe as "full–spectrum diversity"— inclusive of gender, generation, race, ethnicity, orientation, ability, nationality, religion, veteran status, background, culture, experience, strengths, and perspectives.
- The role of the sponsor is to serve as a champion and advocate, leverage social capital, increase exposure and access to executives, and open doors for opportunity and visibility. They state that people with sponsors are 23% more likely to advance their careers than those without sponsors.
Progressive Insurance: Multi-Cultural Leadership Development Program
- Progressive Insurance, a car and home insurance provider, came 3rd in 2019's Top 100 Best Workplace's for Diversity. In 2019, they filled more than 80% of jobs above the entry level by promoting in-house talent.
- They have launched a Multi-Cultural Leadership Development Program to encourage intercultural competence while developing their employees. More than 60% of graduates of this 18-month program have been promoted into new positions.
- Progressive’s African American Network (PAAN) helped to develop the first leadership development program designed to meet the needs of African American leaders. The curriculum included outside speakers, internal business case problems to solve, development of analytical skills and a capstone project, and it culminated with a presentation to executives and senior leaders. The program has since been expanded to involve Latinx and Asian-American steering groups.
Adobe: Supplier Diversity
- Adobe was ranked number 8 for Workplace Diversity in 2019.
- In 2018, they launched a Supplier Diversity program to ensure that they purchase more goods and services from businesses that are certified as majority owned and operated by women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities: disability-owned, veteran-disability owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned.
- Employees are invited to actively seek out diverse suppliers and include them in their bidding processes. They are encouraged to work alongside the Procurement team to identify suppliers and add diversity clauses to their contracts. The outcomes of this project have not yet been reported as "the concept of supplier diversity is relatively new at Adobe."
- The objective of this program is to expand economic opportunities for underrepresented groups. Adobe is also a founding member of Parity.org, which is committed to bringing gender and race/ethnicity parity to the highest levels of business.