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Indeed champions diversity with continued growth

By Business & Finance
11 March 2022

Indeed started out as a search engine in 2004 and has developed into an international company with over 11,500 employees. The firm remains committed to diversity as they continue to grow.

Indeed are a people-oriented company that helps employers find suitable candidates and provides a platform for job-seekers. People are at the heart of everything they do, and they work to ensure everyone is included.

“Indeed’s mission is to help all people get jobs. Every day we connect millions of people to new opportunities, but we know that while talent is universal, opportunity is not,” the company states on its website regarding diversity.

They are also committed to preserving the environment and have pledged to achieve net zero in Greenhouse Gases by 2030. Indeed hopes to help those who face barriers to employment and to “provide market-leading transparency and accountability for how we incorporate ESG throughout our operations” as outlined on their site.

From a governance standpoint, the firm aims to increase representation of women in the workforce globally to 50%. They also promise to launch a supplier diversity initiative focused on LGBTQ+, veteran, people with disabilities and minority-owned businesses.

“With more people, we can tackle more problems,” said an Indeed employee in a video by the company. The more the firm grows, the more diverse it becomes. Diversity is a driving force in how Indeed do business as they seek people with different backgrounds and different ideas to work towards their goal of helping employers and employees.

Cultivating a sense of community is important for those at Indeed, and they use Inclusion Resource Groups (IRGs) to achieve this. IRGs work to ensure all their employees feel welcome and have equal opportunities. It’s important to those at Indeed that staff “feel like part of the family,” according to one employee.

The size and scale of the company allows it to “move the needle” regarding diversity, said CEO Chris Hyams.  “With that, comes this great responsibility. Work that we have to do. It’s not a nice-to-have, it’s an imperative,” he added.

Indeed hopes to make employees feel welcome and “connect with people that identify in the same way that they do,” said LaFawn Davis, SVP, Environmental, Social & Governance for Indeed. 

Davis pointed out that diversity is a multi-faceted concept: “It’s absolutely how you identify — but it’s also having people with different skill-sets, experiences, backgrounds, education and leadership styles.”

Sarah, an Indeed employee involved with Women at Indeed for New York, lauded Indeed’s inclusivity compared with her previous job. She felt there were barriers put in her way which stopped her from breaking into a leadership role. 

“Coming to Indeed was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made,” she said. “I was able to see myself as a leader and find myself in a position where I could help other people do the same.”