Break the Bias: Forging a New Mindset
At John Deere, diversity, equity, and inclusion are forged into their mindset. Nearly 200 years has taught them time and again that diverse, equitable, and inclusive teams of individuals generate better ideas, make better decisions, and act more effectively. John Deere’s future depends upon these types of teams to deliver the products, technologies, and solutions that their agricultural and construction customers around the world will use to revolutionize their work and in so doing help sustain us all.
Their mindset drives them to work tirelessly to attract a rich mix of people with differing gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, expertise, geographic, and life experience backgrounds. And they know their work is only just beginning when they welcome a new employee for their first day. To bring this mindset to life, John Deere has created recruitment and employee development processes and tools that leverage talent attraction methods, technology, managers, and cross-functional teams focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Ensuring inclusive and equitable access
One of the most effective diversity, equity, and inclusion resources is their vibrant network of Employee Resources Groups (ERGs). ERGs are employee-run organizations formed around a common dimension of diversity, interest, education, or experience that affects the workplace. ERGs efforts address three key focus areas: employee development, business alignment, and community involvement. In this way, ERGs bring together individuals with shared interests, while serving also enriching the overall workplace culture.
Their mindset also extends to efforts outside of their own people to all those they serve, including their neighbors. John Deere’s success is inextricably linked to the prosperity of the families and youth who live, learn, and work in its home communities. That is why John Deere, John Deere’s employees, and the John Deere Foundation give, volunteer, and advocate for non-profit organizations working to ensure inclusive and equitable access to resources and educational opportunities critical for human dignity and self-sufficiency.
Their mindset also drives them to do even more and act more boldly. That is why they are humbled to join others in support of International Women’s Day. Gender equality and equity broadly demand that they break the biases that remove opportunities for women and many others. By forging new ways of thinking and acting about diversity, equity, and inclusion, everyone stands to gain. At John Deere, they run so life can leap forward. And in order to leap forward, they must run together.
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