Diversity and inclusion are important, but some companies simply talk the talk without walking the walk. Even if such forward-thinking policies can lead to increased financial success, productivity, and innovation, it’s still taking some U.S. companies literal generations to overcome an obvious societal bias towards hiring a certain kind of person – a bias that persists. But not at these 6 progressive Entertainment companies, which have strong D&I policies and initiatives that are integral to their mission.
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Discovery Communications is a global mass media and entertainment company. The company operates through U.S. networks; international networks; education; and other segments. It owns and operates television networks under many brand names, including Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science, Velocity, Discovery Family, American Heroes, Destination America, Discovery Life, Oprah Winfrey Network, Eurosport, DMAX, and Discovery Kids.
On Diversity & Inclusion: As told by Discovery Inc. President and CEO, David Zaslav, “As a global community that serves millions of customers, diversity and inclusion are critical links to our viewers, communities, and stakeholders. The most innovative ideas and solutions come from the widest range of thoughts and ideas –and it is our people who distinguish us. The diverse minds, experiences, cultures and unique points of view of our employees give Discovery a competitive advantage.”
Location: Irvine, CA
Blizzard Entertainment is a developer and publisher of gaming software. After establishing the Blizzard Entertainment label in 1994, the company quickly became one of the most popular makers of computer games. Some of Blizzard’s games include World of Warcraft, Diablo, and StarCraft.
On Diversity & Inclusion: “One of the greatest strengths of the Blizzard community is that we’re diverse and global. Our players and staff come from a wide array of backgrounds. We’re at our best when we embrace everything that makes each of us unique as well as the things that we all have in common, such as our love of games and all things geeky. When it comes to operating as a company with D&I in mind, we constantly look to our core values. These guiding principles, such as ‘Every Voice Matters,’ ‘Think Globally,’ and ‘Lead Responsibly,’ are reflected in employees’ decisions and actions every day and are integral to our company culture.”
“We succeeded or fail as a team and people are invested in the success of the group with less ego involved than I have had to work with before. This is the most number of women I have worked with directly and it is amazing not to be the only one.”
Blizzard Entertainment employees rated their overall culture a A+.
Gaming|Social|Sports & Entertainment
Location: New York City, NY
FanDuel, launched in July 2009, is the undisputed leader in the one-week fantasy sports industry. Offering fantasy sports for NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL FanDuel targets the 30+ million adult fantasy sports players in North America. Players draft fantasy sports teams at any time of the season in head-to-head or multi-player contests, paying an entry fee for each contest and vie for cash prizes.
On Diversity & Inclusion: “So far we’ve introduced a happy to talk flexible working logo to our job specifications, to show that we offer flexible working. FanDuel’s ethos is that we focus on productivity and not presenteeism, but we wanted to make it more evident to potential employees; Rolled out unconscious bias training at Director and VP level; Started a diversity & inclusion chat room where everyone can share their ideas — off the back of this, we’ve implemented a number of actions. Appointed a Diversity & Inclusion Champion to act as a point of contact for all things inclusion-related.”
Tech|Content|Media|Sports & Entertainment
Location: Los Gatos, CA
Netflix is an online platform that enables user to watch TV shows and movies on smart TVs, gaming consoles, PCs, Macs, mobiles, tablets, and so on. It provides its services under three segments: international streaming, domestic streaming, and domestic DVD.
On Diversity & Inclusion: “Netflix is a global company, with a diverse member base, which is why the content we produce reflects that: global perspectives, global stories. As we grow globally, we know that we must have the most talented employees with diverse backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences to support our innovation and creativity. We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to build balanced teams from all walks of life. We also understand that inclusion plays just as much of a role in our success as having a diverse team. Inclusion is about authentically recognizing, understanding, and appreciating differences, and being able to connect across these differences by being mutually adaptive rather than insisting that everyone be, think, and act the same.”
“If I need information, I can get it. There is very little in the way of information siloing here. I’ve rarely heard ‘you don’t need to know that.’”
Netflix employees rated their overall culture a A+.
Content|Media|On Demand|Sports & Entertainment
Location: Burbank, CA
The Walt Disney Company, with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a diversified international family entertainment and media enterpise.
On Diversity & Inclusion: Our focus and intent encourages people from every nation, race/ethnicity, belief, gender, sexual identity, disability and culture to feel respected and valued for their unique contributions to our businesses. It informs our guiding principles and defines our relationship with guests and consumers, who trust and believe in the Disney brand in ways that are meaningful to them. Simply put, diversity and inclusion reminds us all — from Disney fans to employees — that we belong.”
Location: Philadelphia, PA
As a Fortune 50 leader, Comcast NBCUniversal sets the pace for innovation across the industry and creates a variety of career opportunities worldwide.
On Diversity & Inclusion: “We believe that a diverse and inclusive company is a more innovative and successful company, which is why we aim to infuse diversity and inclusion (D&I) into all aspects of our culture and our business. For us, D&I is not a program — it is a central element of our credo and our DNA. Our approach to D&I is focused on five key pillars: Governance, Workforce, Supplier Diversity, Programming, and Community Impact.”
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