DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION
We have a longstanding commitment to equal opportunity in all aspects of employment — including employee compensation, job placement, and promotion regardless of gender, race, or other personal characteristics. Our guiding principle, The Golden Rule of “treating others as you would like to be treated,” is foundational. It challenges employees to share the responsibility to safeguard an equitable and inclusive workplace where each individual’s unique contribution is encouraged.
Our commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I) starts at the top. Our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer lead our D&I initiatives and our CEO is a signatory of the “CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion.” Both leaders report on the progress of our D&I, talent attraction and retention, and succession planning initiatives to the Board of Directors at least twice annually. Our leadership team is also committed to this effort, and our senior leaders have D&I objectives as part of their annual performance goals.
To support a diverse pipeline of new employees, we have focused on diverse talent sourcing strategies and partners with external organizations that develop and supply diverse talent. This includes partnering and recruiting with associations such as the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, the Society of Women Engineers, and at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Our D&I programs focus on:
- A performance management competency framework that measures how well employees value the unique differences of others and treat coworkers with respect and dignity
- Internal D&I education and training programs to better appreciate our differences and the value that inclusiveness creates an environment of mutual respect — which reinforces our guiding principle of The Golden Rule
- Employee development programs that build a bench of talent that enables promotion from within
- Internal campaigns to emphasize the benefits of an inclusive environment
- Partnering with diverse customers and suppliers to understand their expectations and collaborate effectively
Our U.S. organization actively promotes D&I through:
- Employee resource groups, such as our “Diversity Councils,” “Young Professionals,” “Veterans,” and “Women in Lincoln Leadership”, that volunteer time to support local nonprofit organizations that positively impact D&I in our communities