Standing in Solidarity for Justice and Racial Equality
Workiva stands in solidarity with the Black community against racism, violence and injustice. We will help each other, respect one another and speak up for justice and racial equality.
We are proud that our company culture has cultivated a work environment that encourages fairness, teamwork and respect among all employees. Workiva is a values-based company that respects and connects employees in pursuit of common goals. These are just a few reasons why Fortune magazine named Workiva one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For® in 2020.
Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiative is continuing to actively shape our organization to strengthen our culture, and ultimately, our shared humanity. We give our employees the freedom and resources they need backed by our culture of collaboration and diverse thought to keep breaking new ground. At Workiva, we know we can only be successful if our employees are supported in a place where everyone belongs. However, we know we can and need to do more.
Workiva is taking the following meaningful, actionable steps to influence positive change:
- We made a charitable donation to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Equal Justice Initiative to support their critical work in fighting racial injustices across the U.S.
- Inside Workiva, we are committed to celebrating diversity, elevating equity and embracing inclusion across our global organization. We will keep listening and learning from one another, and respect and lift up all voices to be heard. Our internal actions include:
- Implement recruiting technologies to surface candidates from underrepresented groups and help eliminate bias from the candidate review process, giving all candidates a fair opportunity.
- As part of the new hire recruitment process, support interview panels to include employees from underrepresented groups.
- Broaden university recruitment efforts through the expansion of partnership schools with diverse populations, including Historically Black Colleges.
- Augment our talent pipeline through new and established partnerships and/or affiliations with professional, multicultural organizations, including the National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Women in Science & Engineering, to name a few.
Learning & Development:
- Provide inclusive culture and leadership training for our employees with a focus on unconscious bias, starting with our leadership group and cascading throughout the organization.
- Continue to cultivate awareness and sensitivity through online learning content specific to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Facilitate professional success through mentoring or sponsorship of high-performing women and underrepresented employees.
- Continue encouraging employees to speak out when they see an injustice, with no fear of retaliation. Workiva provides multiple options for employees to report issues, including anonymous surveys, an ethics hotline and our continuous improvement program where we collect, evaluate and implement our employees’ best ideas.
- Utilize our seven Employee Resource Groups (ERG), primarily the Ethnic Diversity in Tech ERG, for thoughtful input and perspective in racial equality and fairness issues.
- Act upon bi-annual engagement survey results to improve our employment practices with a focus on impartiality, fairness and equity.
- Continue to monitor our employment practices to promote pay equity.
- Evaluate our current supplier database to support and promote the use of minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, LGBT-owned, service disabled veteran-owned, historically underutilized business, and Small Business Administration (SBA)-defined small business suppliers across our company.
- Evaluate the DE&I efforts at our vendors and encourage them to support and promote diversity within their organizations.