Diversity & Inclusion
Weaving diversity and inclusion into the fabric of our company culture helps Essendant grow as a high-performance organization with a purpose and differentiates us as an employer and business partner of choice.
At Essendant, diversity means recognizing the characteristics and experiences that influence our associates, such as race, gender, communications styles, age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and others. Inclusion speaks to our ability to build and sustain a culture that engages all associates and leverages their diverse experiences and ideas. Success on this journey enables us to attract, engage and retain talented associates, nurture the different perspectives that spark creativity and innovation, tap into new markets, drive continuous improvement, and more-fully address the needs of our diverse customers, suppliers, and communities.
ASSOCIATE NETWORK GROUPS
Associate Network Groups (ANG's) are an important part of the Essendant culture because they energize associates around common identities, such as racial or ethnic groups, working moms, service veterans, etc, and provide the opportunity for them to stay engaged, develop their unique abilities, and remain productive and energized members of the Essendant team.
CURRENT ANG's INCLUDE:
- Armed Forces Associate Network Group
- Diffabilities Associate Network Group
- Latino Business Council
- Essendant Black Alliance Group
- Young Professionals Group
SUPPLIER AND CUSTOMER DIVERSITY
Essendant is committed to enabling the growth of our diverse partners (resellers & suppliers) by providing innovative solutions that align to the needs of the marketplace. We recognize diversity as integral to our organization’s success and aligned with meeting the needs of a rapidly changing global marketplace.
OUR DIVERSITY COUNCIL
Essendant’s Diversity Council is comprised of a cross-functional team of associates sponsored by senior management. Council members map out the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy within sub-teams that are focused on Awareness, Customer & Supplier Diversity, Training, and Workforce. We strive to foster understanding, celebration and appreciation of both the differences and similarities of our associates by sponsoring outside speakers on diverse topics, producing a quarterly newsletter, and celebrating federally-recognized heritage months.
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