A Letter to FranklinCovey Associates,
I am really sickened and heartbroken by the recent killing of George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor and Amaud Arbery before him. It is hard for me to accept that someone could treat others with such hate and indifference because of their race. I am also concerned by the mounting violence which has accompanied these events. This is not the world I want for my children or grandchildren.
As a company, we join with good people everywhere, and stand against racism, bias, and prejudice in all its forms, and for whatever its reasons. This includes race as well as other identifiers such as gender, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or education level. We stand against any mindset or behavior that diminishes, limits, or in any way holds back the inherent worth and potential of another human being. In fact, we believe and teach the very opposite! We believe that all people have unlimited worth and potential, and that everyone is a unique and whole person, and should be valued and treated as such.
Diversity and Inclusion is part of FranklinCovey’s DNA. As our CEO, Bob Whitman states,
Our stated mission is to unleash greatness in people and organizations everywhere. As I often share, there are two truths inherent to this mission. First, that there is greatness in everyone. And second, that it can be systematically unleashed through the proper application of paradigms, principles, and practices.
One of those paradigms is that we are all equals—no matter how we look, where we come from, or what we believe. The principles we espouse and embrace include equality, fairness, potential, love, and human dignity. Some of the practices we teach are building our own self-awareness so we can recognize our biases and get better, cultivating connections through empathy and curiosity and being courageous during difficult times. Truly, we are all about removing the barriers that diminish people’s potential and bringing down the walls that separate people. [In order to read his full letter please follow this link.]
FranklinCovey is a company built on culture. The strongest and most innovative cultures include diversity in all its forms – people and perspectives. With our content reaching more than 150 countries and with over 2,000 associates working toward our common mission of enabling greatness in people and organizations everywhere, FranklinCovey is committed to continuing to build an increasingly diverse workforce, fostering an inclusive culture, and investing in equity across our organization in order to help us reflect and win with the people and organizations we serve around the world.
FranklinCovey is working with clients every day to steward diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives bolstered by our learning programs, but what are we doing within our own walls to champion diversity at FranklinCovey?
Starting at the highest levels of our company, our Board of Directors and Executive team, in conjunction our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, have outlined a comprehensive set of actions already underway, which will continue in earnest until we reach the lofty goals we have set in this important area. Some of these actions include:
We are pleased that our efforts to date have helped us make meaningful progress and recognize there is still a great deal of room for improvement.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is vital in work and in life. At FranklinCovey, we recognize the tangible business benefits, the moral imperative and the alignment to our strategy of DEI efforts. We have made great progress and while we continue to lead with our strengths, we remain open to learning where we see opportunities. We are committed to cultivating a gender-balanced and racially and ethnically diverse leadership team and recruiting and advancing diverse talent. We believe that is how FranklinCovey will continue to be the workplace of choice for achievers with heart!