Jacobs Joins The Valuable 500 to Advance Workforce Diversity; Steve Demetriou Quoted

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Jacobs has joined The Valuable 500, an organization that seeks to ensure disability inclusion is on business leadership agendas, to Jacobs to  encourage corporate diversity, including disability, in the workplace, the company announced on Tuesday at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

“As a member of The Valuable 500, Jacobs is committed to the journey of becoming a more accessible and inclusive company, leveraging our Inclusion & Diversity platform to encompass disability in the workplace on a global scale, while empowering employees to bring their full, authentic selves to work,” said Steve Demetriou, Jacobs chair and CEO.

Demetriou spoke as co-chair of the Infrastructure and Urban Development Governors and has participated on the “Expanding the Definition of Workplace Diversity ” panel in the Equality Lounge. He spoke on how to expand the scope of diversity and allow the company to reach new talent, catalyze real change, and foster an inclusive workplace.

“Through our ACE (Access. Connect. Empower.) Employee Network and our Mental Health Matters program, we actively support the adaptive challenges and mental health of our people and communities and continually encourage employees to find strength in our differences.”

Jacobs will join The Valuable 500 alongside Accenture, BAE Systems, Boeing, Deloitte, IBM and others. Within the organization, Boeing has made efforts to boost diversity in STEM, the company announced in Sept. 2018.

The company placed a $10 million investment to help the National Science Foundation (NSF) provide students and company employees access to online science, technology, engineering and math training.

Boeing has pledged to match NSF’s $10 million funding for STEM to reskill initiatives under the agency’s directorate for education and human resources as well as a $1 million Boeing gift to support women and veterans in STEM fields through the NSF program to increase diversity.

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