Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
WBCM’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
At WBCM, we believe in the inherent dignity, humanity, and potential of every person – these values extend to our employees, associates, service partners, and clients; accordingly, WBCM welcomes, invests, and engages persons and businesses who have been historically disadvantaged and/or marginalized. We strive to nurture an environment that respects differences and factors them into our decision-making process, including hiring, assignment, training, promotion, teaming arrangement, and community outreach.
Our commitment to DEI acknowledges that disparities in opportunities still exist in our society, and we leverage the strength of our firm (in both people and resources) to correct those inequities which fall within our grasp.
WBCM employs a proactive, forward-thinking approach to DEI, including:
- Assigning a Senior level employee responsible for overseeing and directing WBCM’s DEI efforts
- Routine auditing of our internal processes to identify and remove barriers (through an independent, third-party DEI consultant)
- Reviewing our Affirmative Action Plan results and setting placement goals
- Advertising on affinity websites and publicizing opportunities to underrepresented groups
- Purposefully moving beyond culture “fit” and instead seeking culture “add” during our hiring and promotion processes – we believe building this strategy into our processes allows for richness of experiences to be shared, inspires innovation, and contributes to collaboration
- Conducting in-depth salary analysis and environmental scans, particularly regarding matters of compensation equity and training and leadership opportunities
- Inviting Minority and Women-Owned businesses to be a part of our teaming process and serve as subconsultants on our submissions
- Championing Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to promote inclusion and connectivity among affinity groups
- Supporting community and civic organizations, particularly those who serve underrepresented and disadvantaged populations