Diversity @ FCA US: Important as Ever
September 1, 2016
Diversity is a crucial consideration for most companies in modern corporate America. It serves as a fundamental ingredient to ensuring a company culture that fosters inclusiveness, warmth and varying perspectives. Not only that, but embracing diversity magnetizes talent from every culture, color and creed. In essence, diversity is indisputably a necessary element to a successful organization.
“Culture is the fabric that holds organizations together. It is not just an ingredient for success; it is the essence of success itself,” Sergio Marchionne, Chief Executive Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., said.
Recognizing the Beauty of ‘Different’
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne is certainly no stranger to emphasizing the value of recognizing diversity. As the executive sponsor of the FCA US Diversity Council, Marchionne has reaffirmed the commitment of the leadership team to vigilantly and responsibly create an inclusive atmosphere.
Diversity within North America is also represented by the long-standing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
FCA US ERGs (African American Network, Latins in Connection Network, Asian Network, First Nations Network, Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA), Women’s Forum and the FCA Veterans’ Group) provide multicultural learning opportunities, mentoring and networking for employees, and support for community outreach initiatives and charitable events. Participation in ERG-sponsored activities is encouraged and open to all salaried employees from all facilities. Learn more about the ERGs here.
“Culture is the fabric that holds organizations together. It is not just an ingredient for success; it is the essence of success itself,” Marchionne said.
In keeping with its theme of inclusion, FCA US has been a proud longtime supporter of LGBT employees and subsequent issues.
In 2000, Chrysler was among the first U.S. employers to provide domestic partner benefits to its LGBT employees. Following this trend, FCA US was among a small group of employers to achieve a perfect score on Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for several years in a row – and until recently, the only major automaker to achieve a perfect rating.
Voicing the concerns of LGBT and minority employees is a start, but real progress is born from action – and that action begins with resources. Luckily, FCA US provides a multitude of means for employees to feel engaged, heard and accepted. GALA works diligently to ensure unconditional inclusion amongst everyone.
Partnerships with organizations such as Motor City Pride aid in elevating visibility of diversity at FCA US.
“Motor City Pride is empowered by the support of FCA US,” said Dave Wait, Chairperson – Motor City Pride. “We are so thankful for this collaborative partnership, sharing the drive to achieve full equality and respect for all people in Michigan.”
Check out FIAT brand at Motor City Pride in the video below: