Businesses everywhere recognize the importance of fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, and studies show that corporate diversity promotes individual and companywide success. As more and more companies here in New Jersey step up to embracing LGBTQ workplace diversity, Garden State Equality wants you to know we are here to help. Our corporate Diversity and Inclusion Strategies offer companies of all sizes and industry backgrounds a selection of trainings and workshops that can be modified to meet your specific needs and interests. Our programs include:
An affirmative equal opportunity/non-discrimination policy that addresses sexual orientation and gender identity as protected characteristics with reference to employment practices offers a foundational means of promoting workplace diversity and equality. We will review current non-discrimination and employee benefits policies to ensure they meet the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index standards and offer recommendations for improvement.
Diversity trainings and other educational opportunities are important to onboarding employees, promoting strong leadership, and fostering a culture of collaboration and support. Our trainings offer a review of cultural competency terminology and key concepts; discussion of legal and policy issues; and a thorough review of best practices for creating a diverse and equitable workplace.
Employee Resource Group Development
94% of CEI-rated employers on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index have employee resource groups (ERGs) or diversity councils, and many of these groups are expanding. Whether your company is establishing or looking to develop an existing ERG, GSE can provide resources and information to help make your group a success.
Our staff is available to host brownbag meetings or seminars around topics relevant to the LGBTQ community, such as intersectionality, addressing health disparities, supporting LGBTQ youth, and identifying resources for LGBTQ older adults. These sessions are ideal for employee resource groups or diversity councils.
Corporate Citizenship Support
GSE and our partners are glad to participate in your next corporate event, including speaking engagements and tabling, and we are happy to link your employees to volunteer opportunities in communities across the state.