At the height of the social inequality and racial justice movement of 2020, a group of Black employees at AVEVA, in recognition of their shared experiences, values, struggles, and achievements, came together to build a more supportive community. Today that community is called BLACK Voices.
BLACK Voices is a space for employees of color to engage with the most pressing social issues of our lifetime. It’s also a space for allies to educate themselves, to rally around their peers’ concerns, and to help advocate for racial justice.
This community was created to serve the needs and interests of a global network of Black employees and allies. It recognizes allies as anyone who wants to stand up for others and build more inclusive workplaces.
- In December 2020, BLACK Voices extended invitations to potential allies. In doing so, BLACK voices broadened its reach, increased its membership, and grew its community of allies from all backgrounds.
- On Dr Martin Luther King Day, organizers of BLACK Voices held an event to recognize and celebrate Dr King’s contributions in the fight for equality.
- BLACK Voices participated in a working session with ERGs to discuss the pressing need to recruit women and underrepresented talent.
- Throughout Black History Month, BLACK Voices conducted several educational sessions, in which organizers:
- Taught employees about several notable Black history heroes from US history, France, and Jamaica.
- Sponsored a speaker and educator to illuminate the history and significance of Canadian Black History Month.
- Worked with a historian to conduct a virtual tour of Black History in London.
- Hosted a highly engaging, well-attended session of Black Trivia.
- In observance of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, BLACK Voices co-hosted International Women’s Day Lean In Circles.
- In observance of PRIDE month, BLACK Voices co-hosted New York Times best-selling author Frederick Joseph.
- BLACK Voices actively participates in ongoing working sessions with Talent Acquisition and the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee to engage ERGs in conversation about the recruitment of women, under-represented talent, and talent from marginalized groups.