Avaya CEO Pledges Company Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Apr. 05, 2018
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 5, 2018--Avaya Holdings Corp. (NYSE:AVYA) today announced that CEO Jim Chirico plans an intensified focus to advance diversity and inclusion at Avaya, formalizing the commitment by joining CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™. This growing collaborative of businesses and organizations focuses on building productive, diverse and inclusive workplaces where openness is the norm, not the exception. This commitment is driven by CEOs who realize that this is both a societal and competitive issue, as research shows that diversity increases creativity and innovation, promotes higher-quality decisions, and enhances economic growth.
Representing the leadership of a cross-section of more than 400 companies and organizations across industries, geographies, size and scale, the commitment outlines a specific set of actions that companies can take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, where employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where actions and experiences can be shared across organizations via a unified hub, CEOAction.com.
Avaya is proud of its empowering programs for global teams, including the Women in Leadership platform. The company’s leadership team is committed to building on these programs and launching
a series of new initiatives that facilitate inclusion and establish the company as a leading employer of choice across global communities. Being an active member of CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is expected to accelerate the progress and success of those initiatives.
CEO Action signatories pledge to three core commitments: Continue to cultivate workplaces that support open dialogue on complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion; implement and expand unconscious bias education; and share successful—as well as unsuccessful—actions.
“Diversity is fundamental to Avaya’s core values. Broadening our pool of talents, skills and ideas is essential to drive change and innovation, but we need strategies and leadership-led initiatives to ensure that voices are equally heard. Joining the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ aligns us with those who are focused on not only building a more inclusive and progressive workplace, but a more inclusive and progressive society that values differences and evolves understanding.”
Jim Chirico, President & CEO, Avaya
“We are so proud that we are continuing to build momentum and support for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ across companies, industries, and regions. With each and every new organization signing on, we have the opportunity to put our commitments into action by working together to improve diversity.”
Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC and chair of the steering committee for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™
Avaya is a global leader in digital communications software, services and devices for businesses of all sizes. Our open, intelligent and customizable solutions for contact centers and unified communications offer the flexibility of Cloud, on-premises and hybrid deployments. Avaya shapes intelligent connections and creates seamless communication experiences for our customers, and their customers. Our professional planning, support and management services teams help optimize solutions, for highly reliable and efficient deployments. Avaya Holdings Corp. is traded on the NYSE under the ticker AVYA. For more information, please visit www.avaya.com.
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Source: Avaya Newsroom
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