We're committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and communities. Our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Statement articulates our commitment to that diversity together with an environment that respects individuals and their contributions, regardless of their gender, race or other characteristics. In 2010, our D&I strategy was endorsed by senior management. It includes key objectives such as ensuring that each key location has a D&I value proposition and broad implementation plan. Our cross-business D&I Working Group draws on internal and external expertise to promote best practice in areas ranging from training to communication.
We promote Employee Resource Groups which encourage diversity to be expressed and appreciated. These groups are independent, voluntary networks of employees who share common interests. They help drive diversity initiatives and promote career development through mentoring, workshops, speakers and external networking.