Diversity Champion Finalist
Discount broker Year founded:1982 Employees:4,100
ETrade Financial’s employee resource groups span the diversity spectrum and include multicultural individuals, women, LGBTQ, disabled people and those with mental health issues.
“What’s energizing about these groups is how they are internally sponsored by our employees and executives, making them a prominent vector, and a force for real change,” said Karl Roessner, CEO of ETrade Financial. Each resource group is open to all, and, in fact, one in four employees participates.
For instance, it was a critical mission of the LGBTQ group that the firm should engage in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, the premier benchmarking survey for LGBTQ equality policies. ETrade redesigned its corporate giving policy, and included health benefits for transgender employees, resulting in a perfect index score.
Diversity topics are also woven through every thought-leadership channel. ETrade offers employees education on subjects like unconscious bias and inclusive leadership. Externally, the firm has launched thematic investing, letting customers express their personal values in ETFs such as gender diversity.
Contact Kaitlin Butler, senior manager for media relations, at Kaitlin.email@example.com to learn more about the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.
— Vanessa Drucker