I'm back in the job market, having just resigned from a company whose ethical problems were too numerous and systematic for me to avoid complicity. If you have any openings where you work, please let me know.
Anyway, I just applied for a sales management position at a company by the name of Ecolab. I should have read their website first. They're really into diversity and inclusion. Here's a list of their "associate affinity groups":
A WORLD OF TALENT. A CULTURE OF GROWTH.
At Ecolab, we believe that the success of our associates and the success of our company go hand-in-hand. We are committed to a culture that fully leverages our associates' talents by promoting an environment where all people can make a difference, be heard, be supported, be developed, and be rewarded for their contributions.
Ecolab values the energy, ideas and ultimate success that diversity brings to our industry, our company and the global community we serve.
We have established associate affinity groups to create communities within our company, including:
BRIDGES is an associate network focused on generational understanding. Our mission is to provide advocacy and leadership to encourage mutual support and high-performing teams across generations of Ecolab associates, our business partners and our communities. Our focus is on promoting generational understanding as it relates to work style, management style, rewards/recognition, workplace etiquette, communication style, development needs, recruiting and retention, and knowledge transfer.
E3 provides a resource for Ecolab women that encourages personal and career fulfillment through individual mentoring, focused skill set training, community involvement and group camaraderie.
EcoEssence: Connect, Communicate, Advocate
EcoEssence will provide thought leadership on issues that are important to all employees but specifically those of African descent. We will engage the Ecolab organization on issues related to identifying, hiring, on-boarding, developing, advancing and retaining associates of African descent now and in the future.
EcoMondo is an inclusive international business and social network open to any Ecolab associate with international interests. Our mission is to support Ecolab's growth through the integration and development of global talent and the promotion of cultural diversity and global talent mobility.
HACER provides advocacy and leadership to encourage the growth and development of all Ecolab associates and business partners, particularly those of Hispanic/Latino decent. Its mission is to support Ecolab's growth particularly within the Hispanic/Latino segment as the demographic base of the US is shifting rapidly.
PRIDE is a formal organization for Ecolab associates who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or allies of the GLBT community. The PRIDE mission is to offer support and visibility within and beyond Ecolab and to provide an official point of contact between its members and Ecolab, including external GLBT organizations. PRIDE is open to all Ecolab associates.
COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE
Communities of Practice are groups of Ecolab associates with similar interests who meet for the purpose of sharing ideas.
The Finance and Accounting Network fosters functional understanding and knowledge sharing while providing networking opportunities.
Capture the Voice of the Customer: Understand the needs of our customers in order to help them achieve their desired outcomes.
Create Innovative Solutions: Develop and launch compelling new products and services that differentiate Ecolab from competitors and meet the needs of customers. Champion Growth and Strategy: Lead the development of strategic growth plans that will enable Ecolab to achieve aggressive growth targets.
The Professional Leadership Administrative Network works to ensure that Administrative Professionals have the tools, skills, and relationships they need to build successful careers and to gain recognition as experts in providing administrative support at Ecolab.
Ecolab supports and encourages diversity in its workforce by recruiting and hiring the best people - without regard to race, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or background - to represent the company.
Ecolab currently partners with the following organizations and colleges:
College of St. Catherine, Center for Sales Innovation for Women Sales Professionals
INROADS, an organization that develops and places talented minority youth in business
MANRRS - Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland
St. Thomas University, Black MBA Multicultural Forum
National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA)
National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH)
Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), Showcase of Stars
Sounds like a diversity huckster's paradise, doesn't it? Not that I'm expecting a response from the HR manager, but if by some horrible mistake she (it's always a she) calls me in for an interview, I think I'll go just to have a little fun with her ...