Diversity and inclusion play a vital role in Cox Communications’ strategy for success. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion begins at the top with President Pat Esser and Chief People Officer Karen Bennett, who lead our National Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Cox also relies on Regional Diversity & Inclusion Councils to cultivate stronger connections among our people, customers, community and suppliers. In 2018, Cox’s regional councils donated laptops to community centers in support of our Connect2Compete program. Councils also launched creative recruiting campaigns targeting women for non-traditional roles.
Along with training diverse suppliers and participating in the Cable Supplier Diversity Expo, councils shared certification renewal steps with at-risk suppliers. Cox’s Southeast Regional Diversity and Inclusion Council also partnered with Delgado Community College in New Orleans to expand its diverse supplier scholarship program.
Additionally, Cox’s six Cox Employee Resource Groups (ERG) drive business results through a focus on professional development, enhancing the Cox culture, cultivating community partnerships and driving business insights. In 2018, the Latino ERG held lunch and learn sessions on U.S. Hispanic buying power. The Black/African-American ERG invited employees to a speed networking session with Cox executives, and the Pride ERG hosted a candid conversation on the employee experience with President Pat Esser. With executive support, an expanded team, and dedicated employee advocates, Cox has
increased total diverse supplier spend by $604.8M over the past five years. In 2018, Cox again increased Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier diversity spending.
In October, Cox earned the NOD ‘Leading Disability Employer’ seal for leading the way in disability hiring and inclusion. Building a diverse and inclusive workplace is a vital business imperative– and the right thing to do to reflect the world in which we live.