Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Graebel in 2021 and Beyond

January 20, 2021 Valencia Culbreath

As a global company focused on people-first mobility, diversity and inclusion isn’t just something we strive for. It’s something that’s crucial to have in order to succeed when working with each other, clients, mobile employees and supplier partners around the world. In fact, studies have shown diverse and inclusive environments produce more creative, innovative and engaged workforces, making for happier employees.

In 2019, I shared how we began our journey for a more inclusive workplace. In 2020, in the midst of a pandemic and the peak of calls for racial justice, we continued our efforts expanding our DEI Council and leading educational workshop for the leadership team. In 2021, we’re looking forward to building on our work to-date, to foster diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization. Our work in 2021 is guided by our DEI mission, vision and focus areas.

2021 DEI Mission, Vision and Focus Areas

  • Mission: Create an industry-leading, people-first mobility culture that provides empathetic and exceptional experiences for all employees, clients and mobile employees and supplier partners by building and sustaining a diverse workforce, achieving inclusive excellence, honoring individual uniqueness and providing equitable access and opportunities.
  • Vision: A visibly and invisibly diverse workplace that encourages and values inclusive participation and perspectives; removes barriers to growth, advancement and opportunity; eliminates the predictability of success based on social and cultural factors; and better demonstrates our duty of care through our values of truth, love and integrity.
  • Focus Areas:
    • Attracting and retaining diverse talent
    • Education and awareness
    • Growing allyship and increasing advocacy

Our ultimate goal is to create an even stronger culture of inclusion where all Graebel employees  feel valued and supported. By eliminating the predictability of access and success based on any one factor – such as race, gender, age, etc. – we aim to show our commitment to building, sustaining and leveraging a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace. We believe that by extension, then, those we work with — clients, mobile employees and supplier partners — will also feel the impacts of our inclusive culture. After all, our values are truth, love and integrity, so we are called to listen, learn from and lean into our differences.

 

 

About the Author

Valencia Culbreath

Valencia joined Graebel in 2007 and now leads company-wide efforts and training of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). In addition, Valencia chairs Graebel’s DEI Council. Leveraging her extensive account management experience in global mobility, Valencia supports current clients and prospects in developing more accessible and inclusive employee experiences. Valencia holds a Certified Relocation Professional (CPR®) and Global Mobility Specialist (GMS®) designations from the Worldwide ERC®. Valencia is an executive board member for her local school district’s foundation ensuring equitable access and opportunity for every student. She also serves in an advisory role in support of the school district’s goal around equity and inclusiveness by holding the district accountable for interrupting the predictable and unfavorable experiences for the marginalized and underrepresented populations in the community.

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