We are an equal opportunity employer and strive to treat our associates with respect and dignity. Our diverse workforce provides our business with many benefits, including enhanced creativity, different approaches to problem solving, and the ability to work effectively in our diverse markets.
We are committed to selecting, developing, and rewarding the best person for the job, based on the requirements of the work to be performed, and without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity and expression, or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. We forbid discrimination of all kinds, whether directed at associates, applicants, suppliers, vendors, customers, or visitors. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruitment, hiring, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, discipline and termination.
We believe the work environment should foster respect for one another and provide a setting for one to work hard, learn, and grow. We do not tolerate harassment or workplace behavior - whether committed by a fellow associate, leader, contractor, customer, or supplier - that intimidates, offends, degrades, or humiliates another person. This prohibition applies whether the harassment is based on one's protected status or not.
Our commitment and values are reflected in our Code of Ethics and our Workplace Culture Policy. These policies are provided to every new hire and discussed in orientation. We educate every associate on these policies through a combination of computer-based and live Workplace Culture Training. Associates are then required to participate in refresher courses to ensure that they continue to understand and live by these values in our workplace.
Associates have multiple channels - including the confidential AE Hotline - through which they can report potential violations of our Code of Ethics and our Workplace Culture Policy. We take every report seriously and investigate each claim. If we find that a violation has occurred, we take prompt and effective action to ensure that the behavior does not occur again. We do not tolerate retaliation against associates for reporting potential violations - period.
In 2007, we established a new and exciting partnership with INROADS. INROADS Interns are the best and brightest ethnically diverse high school and undergraduate students in North America. These outstanding students typically rank in the top 10% of their senior class and aspire to professional and leadership careers. The INROADS Retail Management Institute (RMI) is designed to develop outstanding ethnically diverse students for executive careers in retail. To date, our INROADS interns have worked in Management, Marketing and Store Operations. We are optimistic about the future of this promising partnership.
We recognize that we still have work to do to improve the gender and ethnic diversity of our company. Nevertheless, we have made progress. Since 2006, the total percentage of non-Caucasian minorities in our company increased from 19% to 29%. Women holding Executive roles (Vice President and above) increased from 25% in 2006 to 37% in 2011.
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