10 Companies With Great Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Other Community Initiatives

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Coworkers in an ERG. Photo courtesy of Canva/Fairygodboss Staff.

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May 24, 2024 at 1:50PM UTC

Employee resource groups (ERGs) are important and play a plethora of important roles at companies around the globe. For instance, in this year’s Galvanize, we heard that ERGs play a key role in accelerating the path to gender equality, building supportive communities, providing leadership experience and career development opportunities, enabling employees to hold important and bold conversations, assisting in diverse hiring, teaching leadership about DEI goals, suggesting benefits that employees really want, empowering intersectional identities, creating space for us all to decompress together, becoming more aware of our biases, and much more!

Here, we share a few companies that have great ERGs (and other initiatives directed at empowering employees) that support employees throughout their organizations. 

Ampersand

Ampersand is a data-driven TV advertising sales and technology company that is passionate about creating an inclusive environment in which you have headroom to grow and legroom to run. They believe in creating an office environment that feels like a second home, where everyone is valued, and where their contributions are recognized. As part of this, Ampersand has many supportive employee groups and initiatives, including Ampersand’s Culture Council (which focuses on the awareness of many issues around DE&I — including gender equality — and how to strategically insert that messaging into a corporate environment) and Ampersand’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI).

Browse open jobs at Ampersand.

Appian

At Appian — a company that helps businesses build apps and workflows rapidly, with a low-code automation platform — they lead with a whole-person mentality. Everything you do both at Appian, and in life, they encourage you to always bring your whole self, lead with purpose, and work to create positive impact and change. As part of this, Appian has eight employee-led affinity groups, including AppianWellness and AppianWomen, which provides networking, professional development opportunities, and a global mentorship program. 

Browse open jobs at Appian.

Banfield Pet Hospital

Banfield Pet Hospital is the largest veterinary practice in the world and an innovative leader in the industry. They’re also a community of people characterized by diversity of thought, background, preferences, and approach, and bonded together by their commitment to their purpose: a better world for pets. To achieve this, Banfield puts great emphasis on supporting their associates and has a variety of associate-led communities, including #WomenofBanfield. This group helps women lift each other up and advance their skills and leadership potential through relationships with each other, allies, and the Banfield community.

Browse open jobs at Banfield Pet Hospital.

GEICO

GEICO believes that greater inclusion leads to a more productive, engaged, and dynamic environment for both their associates and their customers. In fact, one of GEICO's strengths is the diversity of their associates, which infuses their company with energy and new ideas, and helps them meet the needs of their millions of policyholders. To help foster and grow this diverse and inclusive culture, GEICO's ERGs offer associates the support and resources that employees need to achieve both success and a greater sense of belonging. 

Browse open jobs at Geico.

GE Power

At GE Power — a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions, and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption — they believe in the value of your unique identity, background, and experiences. GE Power is committed to fostering an inclusive culture, where everyone feels empowered to do their best work because they feel accepted, respected, and that they belong. As part of this, the GE Women’s Network (WN) was created in 1997 to attract, develop, inspire, and retain female professional talent. WN exists for the women working at GE to cultivate their leadership skills, business practices, personal contacts, and career opportunities.

Browse open jobs at GE Power.

GlobalFoundries

At GlobalFoundries (GF), they innovate and partner with customers to deliver technology solutions for humanity. And that’s not the only place where they’re looking to make a positive impact! GF celebrates diversity and inclusion and enables their ~15,000 global employees to learn, grow, and develop themselves. Due to their efforts, they were even recently named as one of Fairygodboss' Best Companies for Women. And, at the heart of their GF DEI journey is a dedication to increase representation of women and develop them at all levels within the company. One part of this is GF’s largest employee resource group GLOBALWOMEN, an alliance of women and men working in partnership with allies to drive initiatives that support the professional development of women at the company.

Browse open jobs at GlobalFoundries.

NETGEAR

NETGEAR hasn't only pioneered advanced networking technologies for homes, businesses, and service providers around the world; they are also dedicated to empowering customers to collaborate and connect to a world of information by enhancing homes and powering businesses. To do so, NETGEAR is dedicated to empowering women and ensuring that their workplace is a space where all employees are seen, heard, and empowered. As part of this, NETGEAR has Lean In Circles, which give the company’s women the opportunity to meet on a regular basis to connect, share, and grow.

Browse open jobs at NETGEAR.

Saks

At Saks, their mission is to become the world’s preeminent luxury ecommerce platform. They’ve got big plans, and their employees are an essential part of future goals. That’s why it’s so important for Saks to make employees a top priority. The ERGs at Saks focus on fostering community and engagement at work, offering opportunities for personal and professional development, and promoting a sense of belonging. In particular, WOMEN @Saks serves to empower women to achieve their professional goals through career development and advancement, while fostering a supportive community that promotes relationship building and networking.

Browse open jobs at Saks.

Sysdig

Sysdig — a company that is driving the standard for cloud and container security — is creating a workplace where everyone feels welcome, a workplace where every employee feels they belong. Sysdig employees come from a wide range of ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds. The company’s mission is to give their employees the power to share their knowledge and experiences and to help create a more open and connected workplace. They achieve this through benefits and initiatives that truly support their diverse team.

Browse open jobs at Sysdig.

Zynga

Zynga is a global leader in interactive entertainment with a mission to connect the world through games. To do so, their goal is that each team member has the support, resources, and opportunity to do the best work of their career! This means that Zynga actively cultivates a culture of diversity, creativity, and growth. One way they are achieving this is through their employee groups, such as Women At Zynga (WAZ). WAZ fosters an environment that empowers all women and marginalized genders, including trans women and nonbinary people, to succeed and become leaders in their careers and communities. 

Browse open jobs at Zynga.



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