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.
FranklinCovey is a company built on culture. The strongest and most innovative cultures include diverse perspectives across their teams. 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 building our own diverse team, 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.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are in strong alignment with FranklinCovey’s DNA and our core mission. 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 the CEO’s full letter please follow this link.]
FranklinCovey works with clients every day to steward diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives bolstered by our learning programs. And we know that creating a diverse workforce and championing diversity within our own walls at FranklinCovey is crucial to our success in attracting and retaining the world’s best talent. With that in mind, some of the initiates we have implemented or are in the process of implementing include:
While this will always be an ongoing journey, these and other efforts have helped us realize a significant impact in the following areas:
At FranklinCovey, we recognize the tangible business benefits, the moral imperative, and the alignment to the strategy of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. While we’ve made great progress and continue to lead with our strengths, we remain dedicated to our ongoing learning and improvement. We are committed to cultivating a gender-balanced and racially and ethnically diverse leadership team, and to recruiting and advancing diverse top talent. We strongly believe that is how FranklinCovey will continue to be the workplace of choice for achievers with heart!