Schneider Electric celebrates diversity

Schneider Electric celebrates diversity

 June 26, 2018

Prime employer, Schneider Electric has displayed the rainbow flag prominently for Pride month. Each color on the rainbow flag has a meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for harmony, and violet for spirit. As an inclusive employer, Schneider Electric place a huge value on diversity which is shown through their Diversity and Inclusion policy. The focus is to provide equal opportunities to everyone, to bring all unique backgrounds together, and to create a stronger, safer, and more inclusive workforce where employees feel valued and can contribute their best.

Be yourself at work

Schneider Electric's LGBTI ERG actively works with three LGBTI non-profit organizations in Rhode Island: Youth Pride RI, Aids Care Ocean State, and Rhode Island Pride.

  • Youth Pride RI brings LGBTI youth together with programs free of charge including individual counseling, weekly discussion groups, leadership trainings, social events, and wellness activities. We hold food drives every quarter to help Youth Pride RI host their healthy meals free of charge that they provide for the youth group.
  • Aids Care Ocean State is dedicated to providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to those at risk for HIV infection. We have supported their annual Aids Walk/Run For Life along with their monthly Drag Bingo events. We even sponsored a table in February for their Cosmic Love Drag Bingo event where we got a VIP table and I was able to call a game with the drag queens!
  • Rhode Island Pride’s mission is to create opportunities for integrating and promotion visibility for the LGBTI community; promote equal rights and diversity through public education and the arts; provide safe opportunities and venues for people to come out with the ability to express and celebrate their sexual identities. This organization is one of the most active and visible groups in the New England region and hosts the only annual nighttime illuminated pride parade with Pride Fest taking part during the day.

The company's WK LGBTI ERG was also excited to be a sponsor this year for Pride Fest 2018. They partnered with the West Kingston Employee Engagement Team (EET) to put on a Trivia Event at Whalers Brewing Company. Local businesses graciously donated swag and gift cards for us to raffle off. At the end of the night they were thrilled to announce that the event fundraised $850! With Schneider Electric’s match program for donations they were able to donate $1,700 to Rhode Island Pride. This donation secured Schneider Electric a booth at Pride Fest and also allows us to walk in the parade.

Pride Fest draws more than 75,000 people throughout the day allowing the company to market themselves as one that places a high value on diversity. The potential to network with other businesses throughout Rhode Island is also very high as Pride Fest has over 180 company vendor tables registered. It is their hopes that this will increase Schneider Electric’s exposure not only to their offers and products but also for recruitment potential to continue to diversify and strengthen our workforce.

Here’s to the colorful celebration of love, diversity, acceptance, and unashamed self-pride!

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