At EMC, we view diversity and inclusion as a business imperative because we believe that innovation happens when we encourage and bring together diverse perspectives. We seek to cultivate a diverse workforce that is reflective of the world around us. Our mission is to foster a culture where everyone is valued for their unique talents and perspectives. Through various programs and initiatives, we provide employees with the resources and tools needed to continue to grow.
EMC’s diversity and inclusion strategy is backed by executive commitment. Company leaders support our goal of instilling a culture of inclusion into every region where EMC does business. Senior executives review key diversity metrics regularly during the year and are directly involved in developing new strategies and action plans.
Investing in diverse, high potential employees helps build an inclusive environment. We support recruitment, retention, development and advancement across constituencies through mentoring and coaching programs. For example, we have summer internship programs with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering to aid in developing a diverse pipeline of future employees.
In 2011, we launched an online portal to educate prospective employees about EMC’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to highlight potential employment opportunities with the company.
EMC’s Office of Global Workforce Inclusion sponsors programs to advance employees from diverse backgrounds into leadership roles. One example is the "Leadership in the FastLane at EMC" program which is designed to prepare senior women with executive aspirations for C-suite opportunities. Our Executive Vice Presidents nominate candidates for this program ensuring participation and representation across our global enterprise. More than 100 women have participated in this program since its launch in 2008.
Employee Education and Engagement
Our goal is that all EMC employees will become daily practitioners of our inclusion philosophy. EMC's Essential Curriculum includes courses that promote inclusion and engagement as part of everyday business. We believe that this yields higher levels of productivity for the company.
In 2012, we will launch an initiative focused on the topic of implicit bias, also known as hidden or unconscious bias. Our objective will be to help managers understand bias and to raise awareness of its presence in the workplace. This comprehensive training will provide managers with strategies and tools to help them identify and mitigate bias to improve decision-making around recruiting and employee development.
EMC engages employees through Employee Circles, our internal affinity networking groups, which are organized by employees with executive support. The Circles help new employees get assimilated, foster networking with current employees, and offer personal and professional development opportunities. EMC’s nine Employee Circles span eight countries and involve more than 4,000 members.
Employee Circles are involved in activities such as volunteering, speaking at external conferences, and participating in EMC recruitment efforts – all of which contribute to building the EMC brand. In 2011, we launched a new Employee Circle in India and expanded the Black Employee Affinity Group by adding chapters on the West Coast.
Simmons Leadership Conference
EMC is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the annual Simmons Leadership Conference, one of the best-known women's leadership events in the United States. The 2011 event was attended by more than 2,700 professional women, including 500 female employees from EMC.
Robotics Partnership with 100 Black Men of America
We partner with 100 Black Men—an organization that seeks to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for African Americans—by supporting high school robotics competitions. EMC sponsored and mentored eight robotics teams in 2011, an increase from four in 2010.
Women’s Leadership Forum
EMC’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) aims to help women advance their careers at EMC. In 2011, WLF ran 15 career development events, organized 14 community volunteer activities, helped inspire more than 600 EMC women to attend the Massachusetts Conference for Women and delivered its “Women of the World” presentation at the EMC World conference. WLF is the company’s oldest affinity group, and engaged nearly 1,000 members worldwide in 2011.
Supplier Diversity broadens our supplier base, expands opportunities for historically disadvantaged businesses, and builds economic strength in our communities. Our Supplier Diversity Program promotes diverse suppliers’ participation in EMC contracting and procurement.
Outreach and education
Strategic outreach to diverse suppliers is the first step in broadening our supply base. Educating our purchasing personnel in best practices and EMC tools is the essential second step. Our program activities include:
- Workshops, seminars, and trade fairs geared for diverse suppliers
- A semi-annual Supplier Diversity training program for EMC purchasing personnel. In 2012, the training will be updated to showcase the tools available to EMC commodity specialists.
- A database of prospective diverse suppliers for EMC buyers
Memberships with national organizations give us greater access to diverse suppliers. EMC's Office of Global Workforce Inclusion and Corporate Indirect Procurement partner to manage and make the best use of our relationships with these organizations. In 2011, EMC hosted the Greater New England Minority Supplier Diversity Council Quarterly meeting.
Goals and measurement
EMC sets goals and assesses performance regularly, including measuring and tracking activity with Small Businesses and Minority/Women-owned Business Enterprises. We report to the U.S. Federal Government in compliance with regulations.