Each and every one of our colleagues belongs at CVS Caremark. Our company believes individuality is a form of innovation, and we foster that belief in our workforce in a variety of ways.
For starters, this emphasis on inclusion comes from the very top of our organization. Our CEO makes diversity a priority, which is why, since 2010, he has chaired a Diversity Management Executive Steering Committee. The group makes sure that diversity isn’t just talked about, but that it happens. With the committee’s guidance, our Diversity Management Leadership Council, which is made up of senior leaders within the company, works hard to ensure we are living up to our diversity commitments: that we are serving multicultural communities, that we are partnering with diverse suppliers and that we have a diverse, talented workforce making it all possible.
We are also proud to have a Chief Diversity Officer, who heads up a team of people who strive to make CVS Caremark an employer that values and encourages a diverse workforce, and a company that fully appreciates and serves all of the different customers who consider us a partner in keeping their families and communities healthy.
One way that diverse workforce is encouraged is through job initiatives that provide opportunity and a clear path to success with CVS Caremark. Through our partnerships with Regional Learning Centers and programs like Pathways to Pharmacy, we continue to offer people opportunities in a company focused on giving them a job, yes, but also a career.
And at CVS Caremark, that career is one in which diversity becomes an actual resource. In fact, we have a healthy and vibrant network of employee-led organizations called Employee Resource Groups. These groups have been established by women, LGBT employees, veterans, and Latino, Portuguese and African Americans colleagues, to name a few. Each assigned an executive sponsor, they allow employees to come together and celebrate their differences, to represent the company in their respective communities and to serve as advisors on business issues and decisions that may impact them.
From day one, at orientation, new colleagues discover our philosophy of inclusion. And although formal diversity training is offered, a class isn’t required to experience our diversity story. It’s pretty hard to miss. Our internal website for employees constantly features diversity success stories. Whether it’s a former marine telling fellow employees about how his military background led to a successful career in our distribution center or our Hawaiian colleagues sharing photos from the “Diversity Olympics” they held, everyone here knows we share and celebrate our differences.