Edwards aspires to be a global leader dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture where all employees grow and thrive. Our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) bring employees with common interests together and play a central role in advancing Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (DIB). These groups typically represent a marginalized community and support our workforce with a sense of belonging.
Enable ERG - Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
The Edwards Enable ERG celebrated Autism Awareness Month in a profound way, hosting an education and awareness event featuring guest speaker, Temple Grandin. Diagnosed with autism in 1950, she is a renowned professor, autism activist, and author of The Autistic Brain, among other books.
This flagship event was co-hosted with another ERG, Edwards Network of Women. Grandin’s message–those on the autism spectrum are valuable contributors to society and the working world–was inspiring for all. Parents can teach their autistic child at various ages to develop important skills for life and work. The event had the largest online attendance of all Edwards ERG programs and was recorded for future viewing by all global employees.
Our Enable ERG provides education and support for employees directly and indirectly affected by disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Enable strives to identify ways to recruit and employ individuals with disabilities and focuses on ways to contribute to the company and community-at-large. In 2021, Enable’s partnership with Project Search helped to place several employees with disabilities in meaningful careers at Edwards.
Fertility, Adoption and Fostering Hope (FAFH)
“The road to parenthood can be a rollercoaster with many ups and downs … the journey can be such an isolating experience, and even those with the best of intentions, can’t relate. But having the support of those who have been in your shoes is like a warm blanket wrapped around you to keep you warm in your coldest moments,” one FAFH member shared.
Fertility, Adoption and Fostering Hope connects and supports those whose lives have been touched by fertility, adoption and/or fostering. Not only do they share their own personal journeys of building their families; the group also provides resources, education and awareness, and guest speakers, and the group participates in community events to give back to fertility, adoption and foster organizations.
Recently, guest speakers from Holt International shared how to meet the needs of vulnerable children, barriers to attachment, intercountry adoption perspectives and insights from an adoptee.
Rainbow Alliance / Raising Rainbows
The mission of the Edwards Rainbow Alliance (ERA) is to create a community of LGBTQ+ members and their allies that fosters employee engagement and diversity of thought through education, support, visibility and advocacy.
Within this resource group is a unique body of support, Raising Rainbows, dedicated to parents and others whose loved ones are either young adult members of the LGBTQ+ community or whose children are exploring their sexuality or gender. The purpose is to offer encouragement and empathy to one another so that employees can bring their best selves home to the ones they love.
The monthly meetings include informal sharing and, frequently, guest speakers from the community who can offer education and advice for those navigating a new or challenging chapter in their family’s story. In early 2022, LGBTQ Center OC shared tips and resources to help our employees support their young loved ones on their journeys.
Allyship for Pride
Allyship (noun) – efforts by a group to advocate for the interests of marginalized groups in society.
Edwards launched a 20-day ally challenge in support of Pride month to deepen employees allyship and understanding of LGBTQ+ communities. Employee teams took on daily micro-challenges, each about 10 minutes, which underscored LGBTQ+ equity and identity. There were videos, coming out stories, pronoun education, insights on LGBTQ+ laws, a day to wear pride and more. Employees were encouraged to share reflections after each challenge, with many responses including messages of inspiration and insight.