Diversity and inclusion are a critical part of Cox Communications’ company culture and business strategy. Pat Esser, president of Cox Communications, serves as the chair of the National Diversity & Inclusion Council, a position he has held for more than 10 years. Likewise, the commitment of Cox employees from across our service areas are the driving force behind our diversity and inclusion successes to date.
In 2017, Cox Supply Chain Management team renewed its focus on Tier 2 reporting, increased internal awareness through our Supplier Diversity 101 campaign and revenue enablement training, expanded our university partnerships and scholarship program for leaders of diverse business entities, and increased team member participation in supplier diversity events 5-fold.
By the end of 2017, more than 75% of all Cox Communications’ people leaders and managers completed a 90-minute virtual learning experience. This program, “Embracing a Culture of Inclusion”, is designed to increase cultural awareness among Cox Communications’ leaders and provide tools to help build and sustain an inclusive workplace.
In 2017, Cox also expanded its employee resource group program with the launch of the Hispanic Latino and Veterans ERG’s. The Veteran’s ERG is the first enterprise wide ERG serving all 60,000 Cox employees across four Cox companies. These two new ERG’s join our Women’s, Young Professionals, Pride and Black/African-American ERGs.
Our cross-cultural mentoring programs includes partnerships particularly focused on matching employees of different backgrounds, genders, race and ethnicities. Formal follow-up procedures including evaluations of both mentors and mentees when the relationship ends.