Fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce is not just the right thing to do, it is critical to achieving a competitive advantage. We believe our company is stronger when the diversity of our employees reflects the customers, communities and people whose lives our technology enhances. Teams made up of individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences generate more insights and ideas by sharing in candid, collaborative and productive conversations to solve our toughest challenges. Identifying untapped opportunities, developing breakthrough technologies and new approaches to doing business increases our competitiveness.
We have clear goals that are supported by formal programs and monitored with key performance indictors (KPIs):
- Achieve a 30% incremental improvement (over 2018) for all our diversity KPIs by 2020.2
- Build global awareness with employees and drive engagement globally around our D&I goals and strategies.
- Create a workplace atmosphere without bias by developing and enhancing training programs.
- Monitor year over year hires, promotions and attrition within our professional and executive populations.
- Increase the diversity of employees in leadership and non-traditional STEM roles.
We established an executive leadership D&I Council in early 2018 that meets on a quarterly basis to track progress against our goals and to identify new opportunities to create a more diverse and inclusive culture.
Culture of Inclusion
Our vision is to work and live in an inclusive environment where all employees are visible, engaged, developed and able to bring their authentic selves to work. To help support this vision, we launched Leading without Bias workshops and added Leading Inclusively workshops, which we made a requirement in 2018 for all our people leaders, or approximately 6,000 individuals in BHGE.
In this environment where disruptive change is the new normal, the ability to look at a situation from different perspectives can help us see around corners and anticipate outcomes …. Diverse teams give us a competitive advantage.”
– Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman, President & CEO, BHGE
In 2018, we also piloted several workshops, such as Men Advocating for Real Change (MARC) with Catalyst in North America. All of BHGE’s executive leadership team and a majority of its senior executive leadership attended these sessions.
In addition to awareness and training, we are supporting contemporary practices in the workplace that encourage flexibility and enable employees to achieve the balance they need when and where they need it by offering flexible work and leave schedules, and implementing new recruitment programs targeted at those who have temporarily left the workforce.