Adobe for All: Being Diverse Isn’t Enough

by Donna Morris

posted on 01-17-2019

At Adobe in 2018, we consciously evaluated how we were speaking about our diversity efforts, and specifically, if we were being inclusive in how we defined our focus. We determined that Adobe for All represented our desire for the company to be a place where everyone feels appreciated and valued. With just a few weeks into 2019, we are proud to be included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index recognizing our efforts for transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality in the workplace.

Being one of only 26 tech companies included in the Index demonstrates our commitment to building a more diverse workforce. Research from Morgan Stanley showed that increased gender diversity in corporate settings had the potential to translate to increased productivity, greater innovation, better decision-making and higher employee retention and satisfaction. At Adobe, we are focused on a multi-part strategy to increase global diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

We have contributed to the pipeline of young people interested in technology and the arts through our partnerships with educators and organizations such as Girls Who Code and Technovation; we’ve focused our recruiting practices to foster the attraction and hire of diverse candidates; and we’ve built a workplace that is for all where we celebrate and empower everyone to bring their whole selves to work.

There is still more work to be done, but pleased our commitment to a workplace for all has allowed us to achieve several major milestones including global pay parity which we announced in October; and expansion of our family leave policy and education benefits. These efforts have been key to Adobe’s success and recognition across the industry, naming us a best place to work in multiple segments. It is our belief that innovation flourishes in a culture where everyone can be creative, innovative and successful.

Our next step is to broaden our impact by working together with our customers, suppliers, partners, and peers to drive faster learning, stronger return on investment, and more dramatic change toward the achievement of industry-wide pay parity, better support for families, and broader access to career opportunities.

Together, we can make 2019 the year for all—ensuring diversity, inclusion and acceptance are the foundation for innovation and success across all segments and all industries.

Topics: Diversity & Inclusion