Our Definition of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
We define diversity as the different features that make us who we are – seen and unseen. It’s the broad range of experiences, backgrounds, and other characteristics – such as race, gender, cultural heritage, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical/mental ability, age, religion or national origin, which are only a few dimensions of an individual’s diversity – that make us uniquely who we are.
Inclusion means creating a work environment where diversity is embraced and the ideas, perspectives, and contributions of all are recognized – ensuring each person has the opportunity to participate fully to achieve our purpose and embrace our values. Inclusion is interacting with people who are different from us, in ways that make them feel valued and included. It is a set of behaviors that encourages employees to feel valued for their unique qualities.
Equity is about fairness – fairness in the structures, processes, and decisions that drive power. It is about making sure policies, business practices, and decision-making processes are transparent and just for all.
These three elements combine to create a true sense of belonging – a feeling that occurs when each person feels able to bring their full self to work, contribute to their fullest potential, and thrive.