The $7.7 million in grants supports 39 organizations with missions to enhance opportunities for higher education, economic empowerment, workplace mentorship and inclusion for underserved or underrepresented segments of global society. Of the 39 global organizations, 21 of them have constituents or headquarters in Georgia.
Headquartered in Atlanta – United Parcel Service (UPS) established a diversity and inclusion governance body in 1997, which focuses on employees, customers, communities and suppliers. UPS values diversity and inclusion as a part of the company identity in the continually evolving global market.
UPS promotes inclusion of diverse perspectives to their 434,000 global employee base in many ways, especially through Business Resource Groups (BRGs). Each BRG serves as an extension of the company’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy.
UPS currently offers nine types of BRGs:
- African American
- Asian American
- Focus on Abilities
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies (LGBT&A)
- Women’s Leadership and Development (WLD)
- Working Parents
The first UPS BRG started in 2006 as the WLD BRG. The number of BRG chapters grew 27 percent in 2016, reflecting the passion and commitment of local BRG leaders and members. At the end of 2016, UPS had 150 locally chartered BRGs around the world.
Jihan Gary, UPS Global Business Services Millennial BRG Chair Person, comments, “Female Millennials are more highly educated and are entering the workforce in larger numbers than any of their previous generations. They want employers with strong diversity and inclusion missions. But their expectations aren’t always met.”
“This announcement gives me pride in UPS and hope that it is possible for corporate America to have inclusive values and a mission to promote diversity.”
Authored by: Leslie Cox
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