Our Commitment to Diversity
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.
Diversity and Inclusion
FranklinCovey’s Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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:
Expanding our reach
Expanding Our Reach
- Our CEO has taken the CEO Diversity and Inclusion Pledge with more than 1,000 other CEOs of the world’s leading companies, working together to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- We continue our significant efforts in recruiting women, assisted by great partnerships like the one we have with ElevatHER.
- We partner with organizations such as the Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities & Business Relations, as well as participating in diversity career fairs, partnering with alumni organizations, and continuing to post opportunities on multiple diversity job boards.
- We are steadfast in maintaining our commitment of being an Affirmative Action Employer.
Increasing Internal Education
- We conduct Unconscious Bias training inside FranklinCovey to better educate our employees and leaders, resulting in a more reflective and inclusive workforce. We also conduct ongoing training on sexual harassment and discrimination.
- We work to ensure our interview panels are diverse, and that “not a culture fit” doesn’t become code for “isn’t like us” in the hiring process.
- We have launched a formal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee focused on helping FranklinCovey to become a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture, and are currently exploring which ERG’s (Employee Resource Groups) would be most helpful to continue building and promoting community and a strong sense of belonging.
- Our All Access Pass training/professional development is available for all FranklinCovey employees at no cost, providing learning journeys on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Strengthening our Internal Systems & Best Practices
- Our compensation plans are audited regularly to confirm ongoing pay equity.
- We provide a generous PTO (personal time off) policy. We also have a flexible and inclusive holiday policy, reflecting the diversity of our workforce and celebrating all cultures/religions.
- FranklinCovey was an early adopter in offering benefits to same-sex partners.
- We provide 100% salary continuance for up to 12 weeks (within a 12-month rolling period), for the duration of a medically certified period, which runs concurrently with FMLA (family medical leave act). For those ineligible for FMLA, FranklinCovey offers up to a 6-week paid medical leave for employees who meet the eligibility requirements.
- FranklinCovey also offers 4 weeks of 100% paid bonding leave for mothers and/or fathers.
- We focus on and are committed to making reasonable accommodations for any individuals with disabilities.
While this will always be an ongoing journey, these and other efforts have helped us realize a significant impact in the following areas:
- 33% of our Vice Presidents are women
- Over 60% of our workforce is female
- 29% of our Leader in Me Coaches are minorities and 86% are women
- 47% of our 154 person RGP (Robert Gregory Partners) contract coaches are women and 22% are minorities
- 43% of our consultants are women and 17% are minorities
- 58% of our Client Partners are women and 10% are minorities
- In the past year, 72% of our new hires were women, 19% of our new hires were minorities, and 82% of our promotions were women.
- Of FranklinCovey’s current 8 Board of Directors, 3 of the 8 are female and 2 of the 8 are ethnically diverse.
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!