Our TogetherBeyond culture continues to be recognized by the world’s leading equality organizations:
- We were ranked in the top quartile of Forbes’ Best Employer for Diversity 2020.
- For the second year running we achieved a score of 100% on the Human Rights Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to LGBTI+ employees.
- In Australia we won our first “Bronze” award in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, while placing in the top 50% of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index for the first time in the U.K.
- We were awarded Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by Australia’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) for the fifth year running.
- In the U.K., we recently received bronze level accreditation from Clear Assured, one of the U.K.’s leading external inclusion and diversity benchmarking agencies.
- We won the Environmental Business Journal’s Award for Industry Leadership in Inclusion & Diversity.
- We were recognized as a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by Disability:IN, the world’s leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion.
Leading by example
Having a culture of belonging where everyone can join in and thrive allows us to recruit and retain the best global talent and drive innovative solutions for our business, clients and communities. “We live inclusion” is supported by the strength of tangible leadership commitment and accountability at Jacobs. That’s why we have executive team diversity of 60% and Board diversity of 55%, having recently appointed recognized inclusion leaders Vincent Brooks and Manny Fernandez to the Jacobs’ Board of Directors. It’s why we appointed Jeff Dingle as our first Vice President of TogetherBeyond to drive our culture forward. And, it’s why we’ve tied inclusive behavior to our leaders’ performance review and compensation programs and delivered conscious inclusion training to nearly all (98%) of our people.
Jacobs Employee Networks: Amplifiers for change
While our strategy and the actions of leadership are undoubtedly important, our most profound positive changes have resulted from their actions being matched and amplified by a vast and growing “grassroots” movement for inclusion across the company. Our eight Jacobs Employee Networks (JENs) have nearly 23,000 members among them and work to promote inclusion and equality, not only within Jacobs but with our clients, potential recruits and with the communities we serve. The JENs are entirely employee-led and organized, partnering with leadership to drive strategy and policy.
We have an opportunity to live our values by speaking up to create a more inclusive culture. We're committed to driving and achieving real change — creating a tomorrow we can all be proud of.
TogetherBeyond in action
Over the last year, we have seen tangible examples of progress resulting from our approach to inclusion, the most remarkable being the launch of our global Action Plan for Advancing Justice and Equality. Driven by members of our black employee network Harambee in partnership with our Executive Leadership Team and Jacobs’ Board of Directors, the plan sets out actionable initiatives and measurable objectives to address embedded and systemic racial inequalities both within Jacobs and in communities across the world.
Other recent TogetherBeyond-driven achievements include:
- We launched the Jacobs Equality Matching Campaign, matching up to $100,000 of employee donations to eligible causes dedicated to inclusion, equality and justice around the world.
- We created the global TogetherBeyond Inclusive Leader of the Year Award to incentivize and reward inclusive leadership.
- We joined The Business Coalition supporting passage of the Equality Act in the United States. This group of more than 270 leading U.S. employers — including many of our clients — support the passage of federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBTI+ people as those afforded to other protected groups under U.S. federal law.
- We strengthened our commitment to developing and hiring the best diverse talent with organizations like the U.S. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the U.S. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Building Equality, the U.K. construction industry’s leading LGBTI+ alliance. This year, we were proud to take our place on the NSBE Board of Corporate Affiliates — their top national support level — and we are proud to have one of our leaders, Freddie Fuller, currently serving as National Chair of the Community of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO).
- We joined The Valuable 500, an organization that seeks to ensure disability inclusion is on business leadership agendas across the globe.
- Our JENs partnered with Human Resources to promote inclusive practices such as removing gendered language from job descriptions, creating Jacobs’ leading-edge transgender guidelines, installing gender-neutral bathroom facilities in offices, encouraging leaders to list their pronouns in email signatures and creating gender-diverse job interview panels.
- Looking ahead, our aspirational goal is to create a 40-40-20 gender-balanced workforce around the globe (40% men, 40% women and 20% open to any gender) over the next five years.
Action Plan for Advancing Justice and Equality commitments:
- Amplify Culture of Belonging
- Recruit, retain and advance Black employees based on merit to achieve
a proportional representation in Jacobs to the overall external population
- Contribute to structural change in the broader society
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