At Viacom, we value and celebrate difference. We want to ensure that we fully represent the make-up of UK society in our workforce as well as bringing diverse perspectives to our business. We want to make sure Diversity and Inclusion are not just buzz words; we truly want to foster an authentic inclusive environment, where all employees feel that they can bring their whole selves to work.
One of the ways that Viacom creates an inclusive workplace is through our Office of Global Inclusion (OGI), which have set up Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) in each country.
WHAT ARE Employee resource groups?
ERG’s are groups of employees who come together voluntarily to establish more visibility for their identity/constituency group and act as a resource to the company:
• They support the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives • Enhance professional development of employee members
• Help employees be as creative and productive as possible • Assist the company in achieving its business objectives
• Connect employees to external organizations and tastemakers.
Viacom International Media Networks has 5 Employee Resource Groups:
Emerge is Viacom’s Employee Resource Group focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and straight allies. By providing a forum for ongoing open dialogue, Emerge aims to enrich the professional and personal experiences of LGBTA employees at Viacom. Additionally, raises the visibility of issues of importance to the LGBTA community.
Fusion aims to promote inclusion by celebrating cultural diversity in the work place. Present in London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Berlin and Warsaw, its activities have ranged from showcasing positive role models, to raising awareness about different cultures through food and entertainment. Events celebrated in the UK include Chinese New Year, St. George’ Day, St Patrick’s Day and Black History Month.
HERE is Viacom’s Employee Resource Group focused on women. HERE contributes to Viacom’s business goals by cultivating a strong community of women via professional and personal development targeted at Directors to Vice Presidents, and creative collaborations that champion all Viacom women and their interests.
The ParentHood is Viacom’s Employee Resource Group focused on working parents and families. By providing a flexible support network, open communication, and practical tools and resources, the group helps members achieve professional excellence while creating a healthier work-life balance.
Thursday Think is Viacom’s Employee Resource Group focused on assistants, coordinators and managers. With opportunities for professional development and networking, members combine inspiration and innovation to further strategic business goals while growing their leadership skills and ultimately their careers within Viacom.
To further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Viacom are a proud member of the Creative Diversity Network and the Employer's Network for Equality & Inclusion. We have also been awarded a Disability Confident Committed badge, which promotes us as an organisation who welcome applications from disabled candidates.