Our Commitment to Diversity
Leadership based on a foundation of unshakeable principles
Our CommitmenT
Our CEO’s Response to Racial Inequality

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.

 

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Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion is part of FranklinCovey’s DNA.

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:

"The world is asking for leaders with growth mindsets, who are willing to do the hard work of building more inclusive teams and organizations."
Diverse Workforce
Creating A More Diverse Workforce
  • Continuing our recruitment efforts of women across all roles in the company, with a continued emphasis on women-in-leadership roles, and in conjunction with our partnership with ElevatHER and an associated pledge we have signed. ElevatHER is an organization initially founded in Salt Lake City which focuses on the recruitment and elevation of women into senior leadership roles.
  • Joined the CEO Diversity and Inclusion Pledge with more than 1,000 CEOs of the world’s leading companies, working together to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Partnering with organizations such as the Utah State Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities & Business Relations to increase our outreach to those candidates. 
  • Maintaining our commitment of being an Affirmative Action Employer. 
  • Pursuing outreach to pockets of untapped talent including but not limited to attending Diversity Career Fairs, partnering with alumni organizations, and continuing to post on multiple diversity job boards. 
  • Ensuring interview panels are diverse.
  • Ensuring that “not a culture fit” is not code for “isn’t like us” in the hiring process.
  • Consistently measuring diversity to measure progress and understand our opportunity.
Increasing Education
Increasing Internal Education
  • Conducting ongoing internal Unconscious Bias training to better educate our employees – specifically our people leaders – with a goal to create a more reflective and inclusive workforce.
  • Providing training for all employees and managers on effectively hiring and working with individuals with disabilities. 
  • Continuing training on sexual harassment and discrimination in the work force.
  • Extending access to our All Access Pass training/professional development to employees at no cost to include specific learning journeys on diversity, equity and inclusion. 
  • Exploring what ERG’s (Employee Resource Groups) would be most helpful for our employees in order to continue building and promoting community and a sense of belonging. 
  • Launched a Diversity and Inclusion Committee focused on becoming a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture.
  • Focusing on our culture and being very clear through words & actions about what is acceptable and problematic behavior.
Strengthening Systems
Strengthening our Internal Systems & Best Practices
  • Ensuring we continue to go to great lengths in order to provide reasonable accommodation and go above and beyond when possible for those individuals with disabilities.
  • Auditing our pay structures periodically to confirm pay equity. We are pleased that our past efforts in this area have ensured pay equity at every level, and in every role, in the organization.
  • Ensuring our flexible and inclusive holiday policy reflects the diversity of our workforce and celebrates all cultures/religions.
  • Sustaining our Salary Continuance Program which provides 100% of salary up to the 12 weeks (within a 12-month period) of FMLA job protected leave. This includes reasons such as but not limited to Bonding Leave for both mothers and fathers. For those ineligible for FMLA, FranklinCovey offers up to a 6 week medical leave and will provide 100% salary continuation for employees who meet the eligibility requirements for the duration of the 6 week medical leave.
  • Maintaining our flexible PTO and work from home policies
Improvements
Making Improvements

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.

 

  • 33% of our Vice Presidents are women.
  • In the past year, 72% of our hires were women and 19% of our hires were minorities.
  • Over 60% of our workforce is female.
  • Leader in Me Coaches – 29% are minorities and 86% are women.
  • 65% of our 150 person RGP (Robert Gregory Partners) coaches are women.
  • Consultants – 17% are minorities and 43% are women.
  • Client Partners – 10% are minorities and 58% are women.
  • In the past year, 82% of promotions were women.

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!