Our Commitment

WE is committed to creating and supporting an inclusive workforce, industry and community. We’re building a culture where people, perspectives and ideas come together so everyone is equal and everyone belongs. Our efforts to help make this culture a reality fall into three categories: collaboration, culture and connection.


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COLLABORATION AT WE

We partner with organizations that support equality and opportunity for all.

Since 2016, WE has supported ColorComm, an organization dedicated to bringing more women of color into the communications industry and championing and celebrating those who are already there. In 2019, CEO Melissa Waggener Zorkin joined the advisory board of directors.

For the past 10 years, WE has supported, mentored and hired students and alumni scholars from The LAGRANT Foundation. Kass Sells, WE’s global chief operating officer and president of international, joined the board in 2017, and in 2018 WE dedicated more than half a million dollars in support to The LAGRANT Foundation in the form of scholarship funding, career development resources and professional workshops for ethnic minority communications students.

In 2018, WE signed the PR Council Diversity and Inclusion Pledge and committed to the six outlined actions.

 

Melissa Waggener Zorkin with WE team members and LaGrant Foundation at ColorComm


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Elizabeth Herrera Smith, EVP - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION Leadership

Elizabeth Herrera Smith, EVP

In 2020, Elizabeth Herrera Smith was named to the leadership of WE's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team.

We Stand Together

A Statement from Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Global CEO & Founder

We are all called to take action and live up to protect and defend human rights and dignity for all. This change starts from within. 

Melissa Waggener Zorkin

Culture at WE

We invest in employee programs and benefits, and follow inclusive and equitable business practices.

In 2019, WE earned a 100-point score in the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (HRC CEI), a measurement of how equitably large private businesses in the U.S. treat LGBTQ employees. We’re proud to be designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

WE Pride group in Seattle office

WE provides flexible and inclusive employee benefits.

In the U.S., as part of the 2019 healthcare employee benefit, WE expanded benefits to transgender employees and revamped fertility benefits to fit the needs of both opposite- and same-sex couples. We’ve offered same-sex domestic partners benefits since 2009, and our bereavement policy lets our employees define family in whatever way is meaningful to them. Our LGBTQ employee resource group, WE PRIDE, brings community involvement and ongoing learning opportunities to many of our offices.

Connection at WE

We strive to be open to diverse perspectives, ideas, people and backgrounds.

The WE Employee Diversity and Inclusion Council represents the interests of all employees and serves as a brain trust for companywide initiatives.

To nurture and evolve our company culture, WE provides ongoing training opportunities and experiences, including unconscious bias training — a fundamental step in building deeper connections and understanding our preferences, biases and blind spots.

WE provides equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against an employee or applicant because of age, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, or other legally protected class status.

 

WE employees pose for photo in Shanghai office