Ingersoll Rand is committed to building an environment where employees from all backgrounds can thrive and are encouraged to grow in their careers. Our broad range of diversity and inclusion efforts continued to gain momentum in 2015. Some were enterprise-wide, but many others, such as our employee resource groups (ERGs), were local or country-specific initiatives.
We have seven ERGs companywide, including the Women’s Network, Black Employee Network, New Net for newly hired employees, Veterans Employee Resource Group, Asian Employee Resource Group, Group of Latinos, and the PRIDE Employee Resource Group, which encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and their allies. In addition to fostering innovation and engagement within Ingersoll Rand, the ERG activities result in talent acquisition and retention as we continue to attract growing numbers of military veterans, women and minorities.
Every year, Ingersoll Rand honors the achievements and aspirations of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) relatives, colleagues and friends through various communications and events. In celebration of LGBT History Month, also known as Pride Month, in June Ingersoll Rand formally launched its LGBT Ally Program.
The LGBT Ally Program fosters and recognizes the participation of employees who pledge to serve as LGBT Allies in the company’s Employee Resource Group (ERG) activities. It provides these individuals with the resources they need to visibly support and encourage our diverse LGBT colleagues to bring their authentic selves to work every day.
In recognition of the LGBT Ally Program, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation included Ingersoll Rand as one of the record 321 Fortune 500-sized companies in its 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nationally recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge their performance in adopting inclusive policies, practices and benefits for LGBT employees.
The Ingersoll Rand Women’s Leadership program, which enhances retention and professional advancement for our female employees, expanded to Latin America in 2015. Following in the footsteps of female colleagues in Europe and North America, 18 women participated in two leadership training modules – the first conducted in the United States and the second held in Chile – and were mentored by senior executives.
“Women around the world still face barriers in the workplace, and we have a way to go to level the playing field for women to become top leaders at Ingersoll Rand,” says Maria Blase, President HVAC and Transportation for Latin America. “The Women’s Leadership Program provides the tools, training, and experience that female employees need to succeed at a higher level. I am proud of the talented individuals in this program and look forward to seeing them continue growing in their careers.”