Diversity & Inclusion
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 (D&I) 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.
Our D&I vision is driven and delivered by our Office of Global Inclusion (OGI) that reports directly into our CEO.
Carry on reading for information about how we enrich the mix of our people:
To further strengthen our commitment to diversity and inclusion, Viacom work with partners who help us reach and maintain best practice on inclusion, such as Employer's Network for Equality & Inclusion, the Creative Diversity Network and Stonewall.
We are also a Disability Confident Committed employer, which means we are committed to achieving best practice in recruiting and developing disabled people and giving them the support they need to thrive in their careers.
Viacom aims to recruit from as wide a pool of talent as possible – we have developed a range of recruitment policies and practices intended to help us engage and encourage people from social backgrounds that have traditionally been under-represented in the TV industry workforce.
For example, each year Viacom offers year-long apprenticeships and paid internships to more than 30 young people – working with groups like Creative Access we set out to attract socially diverse candidates to these schemes.
We are also exploring new partnerships that will help us identify more senior management candidates from diverse backgrounds – for example, we were a lead sponsor of the Future Leaders conference within the Diversity Careers Show in London in October 2016.
Viacom understands it is not enough simply to recruit employees from diverse backgrounds. We need to make sure diverse perspectives influence decision making at all levels within the company.
That’s why we aim to develop all our employees throughout their time with Viacom ensuring performance is appraised regularly and every one of them has a development plan designed to equip them with the skills and experience necessary to take the next step in their career.
Our learning and development programme gives access to a variety of training, including Unconscious Bias training, which our entire London-based workforce undertook in 2016.
It’s also important that our leadership community embraces D&I and leads from the front. We therefore run leadership development schemes to promote awareness of D&I issues amongst our most senior managers – in last quarter of 2016 we rolled out Inclusive Leadership training across our management team in the UK.
A very important part of our approach to D&I is the investment that Viacom makes in our Employee Resources Groups (ERGs).
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.
Our current ERGs are: