As I look back on my first year as global inclusion lead at Unity, I’m proud of the progress we, as a company, have made. I am a firm believer that inclusion and diversity are not “nice to have” programs for companies, or something to put on the backburner during challenging times. Rather, it’s during challenging times that businesses should double down on inclusion and diversity initiatives, because these are key enablers of continued success.
I shared a little bit about myself on our company blog when I first joined Unity. I was attracted to Unity’s approach to inclusion, which grounds everything in empathy. Empathy is an important starting point for everyone as they advance on their inclusion and diversity journeys. Rooting my professional life and work in inclusion is personal for me, and I’m committed to ensuring that as many people as possible are given equitable opportunities to succeed.
Though I have only been around for the last year, Unity has been on its inclusion journey for quite some time. Along the way, the company has made mistakes, but there have also been some wins, like the implementation of the Empathy, Respect, and Opportunity (ERO) inclusion framework and the creation of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
2022 was a year focused on understanding our current state, where we have gaps, and putting strong foundations in place from which to build and drive long-term, meaningful change. So, what are we working toward?
Our “north star” is to embed inclusion and diversity into every aspect of our business – from how we recruit, treat, and empower our employees to the ways we design and share tools for the creators and communities we serve.
To achieve that vision, we’re focused on four key pillars: workplace (culture), workforce, customers, and community. A diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce and workplace are the foundations for effective marketplace inclusion and strong business outcomes.
In my first year, we: