By Schwanzetta Williams | Director of Talent Acquisition at Smithfield Foods
Workforce diversity is essential to a company’s success, but inclusion takes into account the perspectives that ALL employees bring to the workplace. With nearly 98% of employers having or implementing “Diversity and Inclusion” initiatives, it is apparent that diversity and inclusion are important for businesses and critical in developing their talent pipeline. Including veterans as a part of the talent pipeline in an integral measure of championing diversity of ideas and thoughts.
The military opened a wider world for Jeremy Roy. Intel expanded it.
Growing up in a small town nestled within Oregon’s lush Umpqua River Valley, Jeremy Roy dreamed of a wide-open future made possible by a college education. Then a teacher told his class that few of them would ever attend college. Not one to give up easily, Jeremy decided to take another path forward. He enlisted in the Army. And inadvertently took his first step toward a future in tech. ￼
On Veterans Day, we honor our country’s military veterans who served to protect our freedom and rights. Many of us at CECP have family members and friends who have served or are serving in the military, and in our special salute, we want to highlight the commitment by companies to support military families and veterans.
In today’s tight labor market, companies cannot afford to ignore untapped reservoirs of smart, motivated potential employees. Yet many have just such a pool of talent right before their eyes. By innovating on outreach, continuing education and career development, some companies are finding new ways to ensure their workforce is the best it can be—and that can mean a more diverse workforce, as well.
Many military veterans find themselves in uncharted territory once they begin to transition out of service. A 2012 study conducted by Prudential Financial, Inc., revealed that nearly half of post-9/11 veterans say they are unprepared for the move to the civilian workforce, citing the greatest challenge as finding a job.
Jordi Botifoll, SVP Cisco America's, President Cisco LatAm, Co-Author: Luz Ma Murguia, Latin American Marketing Director, Cisco
There is evidence that a shortage of technology professionals is undermining business performance. In a 2016 survey by Venture Beat, 65% of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and other business leaders said that difficulty in recruiting skilled IT professionals was harming IT modernization efforts. That was three years ago and since then, the gap has gotten even wider.
By Justine Humbert, Biodiversity & Sustainable Ingredients Specialist, L’OCCITANE EN PROVENCE
It's quite something to be invited to New York to speak at the Business Call to Action Annual Forum. And it's a huge responsibility too, because I want to do justice to the women of Burkina Faso who work so hard to make shea butter for L'OCCITANE. Without them, I wouldn't have a success story to tell.
It was a humbling experience to meet these women in Burkina Faso and see how they live and work. From gathering the shea nuts through all the stages involved in making shea butter, it's a long, laborious process. I have nothing but respect for them.
By Nazila Vali, Deputy Team Lead, Business Call to Action and Sahba Sobhani, Senior Private Sector Advisor at UNDP
It’s only been 10 years since the concept of well-being and its measurement as a component of a country’s GDP was developed and discussed globally. Nobel Prize winning economists Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen were the pioneers who argued for the need for an array of carefully-chosen figures, with a better understanding of the role of each of those numbers.
Since June 2011, Aflac CSR Hero Tim Wakeman, an independent sales agent, has been empowering children affected by the opioid crisis with purpose. As a volunteer with Roca Kidz Club, he fulfills his passion by helping local youth through weekly warm meals, fun activities and encouraging messages. He is making sure children in his community have a safe place to go.