Our PRIDE (People Respecting Identity, Diversity, and Equity) Employee Resource Group promotes a safe, open, and inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies. PRIDE strives to drive the business forward through empowering leaders, creating a sense of community, and promoting social equity. The PRIDE ERG aims to create a safe space where the LGBTQIA+ community and allies feel supported, can discuss their needs, challenges, and obstacles, and proudly celebrate professional and personal moments. Below, learn how PRIDE ERG Co-Founder, Patrick Atchison, brought the Employee Resource Group to life.
"A group of us felt that it was the right time for our Company to have an ERG for the LGBTQIA+ community. Our Company has seen significant progress this past year, including speaking up and committing resources to social justice and racial equity. The virtual diversity forums encouraged us to take action to become better environmental stewards and corporate citizens. In addition, the changes to our Human Resources policies, recruitment, and processes are bringing and keeping more diverse associates. Our Company is transforming! I emailed Dianne Mills, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, our idea for a PRIDE employee resources group. To my delight, she was empathetic, encouraging, and supportive! Senior leadership agreed to sponsor and support this effort. We now have People Respecting Identity, Diversity, and Equity, a group open for all associates. What all of our members have in common is that we are all uniquely different. Ultimately, through the efforts of our ERGs, our lunch-and-learns, and development opportunities, I hope Acuity will become known as a company that respects diversity, equity, and inclusion, and celebrates them as loudly as possible."
We’re committed to building an environment where our associates feel valued, included, and comfortable enough to bring their whole selves to work. To learn more about our DEI initiatives, visit our website.