Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Solving the toughest problems requires building and empowering a team of the brightest people. We believe this can only happen when we value diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Facing challenges together.
Diversity is the presence of difference.
Equity is promoting impartiality, fairness, and justice in systems and processes.
Inclusion is what happens when those who are diverse are welcomed and truly feel welcomed.
You can’t tackle the problems you ignore.
The Data is Clear
At Metron, we take pride in solving the toughest problems. We are scientists, engineers, mathematicians, programmers, technical staff, and all-around nerds who love data and data analysis. We have examined the data around diversity and inclusion in our nation at large and our industry in particular, and the facts are clear:
Systemic inequities tied to race/ethnicity, gender, disability status, nationality, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background are reflected in education, employment, compensation, and career advancement. Specifically, women, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities – in addition to others protected by law – have more limited educational opportunities, get hired less often and are paid lower wages, and are offered fewer opportunities for advancement and leadership positions.
We believe this is a problem, and we are committed to working on solving it.
The facts are clear
Systemic inequities tied to race/ethnicity, gender, disability status, nationality, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background are reflected in education, employment, compensation, and career advancement.
Stakeholder-guided solutions are the only real solutions.
it begins with listening
A major step in any project we take on is listening to stakeholders to find out what solution they are looking for. In response to those conversations with members of our community, we updated our code of conduct to explicitly detail the community guidelines and principles we will use in determining our actions.
At Metron, we…
- treat one another respectfully and fairly
- welcome every background
- embrace all with an appreciation for what makes us different
- foster employee growth
- exchange common courtesies to promote inclusion
- recognize the unique life experiences we bring
- believe diversity offers increased perspective
Our diversity, equity, and inclusion impact every aspect of our community.
Solutions require taking action.
While we cannot single-handedly solve systematic discrimination and inequality, we can do our part to oppose it. We began with an independent quantitative review of where Metron stands with demographics, policies, and career outcomes. We also contracted with a leading business analysis group to conduct a qualitative study of culture and experience. The results revealed that while Metron’s employment practices and culture of inclusion make us an industry leader in multiple diversity, equity, and inclusion metrics, we still have room for improvement.
In response, some steps we have taken to move us closer to our goal include (but are not limited to):
- Forming an employee-led diversity, equity, and inclusion working group tasked with regular policy and outcome review
- Committing to regular evaluation by external agencies
- Rewriting our employee handbook, website and onboarding materials to provide clearer descriptions of the conduct expected of our community as we develop a truly inclusive environment
- Enrolling our executive and managerial staff in ongoing training specifically designed to reveal systemic inequity and develop methods to counter it
- Expanding our recruiting efforts in underrepresented populations by attending job fairs and reaching out to targeted public and private recruitment agencies
- Overhauling the performance review system used in determining employee compensation and advancement so that it is more transparent and less susceptible to unconscious bias
- Forming partnerships with education, business, and government agencies actively working to combat systemic inequality
- Cultivating relationships and advocacy groups such as the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Increasing our student outreach efforts to a wider range of schools including Gallaudet University and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) such as Howard University and Alabama A&M University
- Revising the language we use in internal and external communication to find and eliminate non-inclusive language and attitudes as well as to provide accessible resources
- Adding mandatory training for hiring teams to teach them to understand their biases and actively foster inclusion throughout the hiring process
- Establishing a feedback and review system for our hiring process to better understand candidate experience
- Setting division and company-wide diversity targets that better reflect the labor market and population at large
- Pursuing cultural competency by creating substantive learning opportunities and formal, transparent policies.
Facing challenges together.
Systemic problems and solutions
We are proud to partner with the following agencies and groups to create that systemic change:
- CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
- National Diversity Council
- Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion
Together we succeed.
The data on the benefits of a diverse workforce are clear.
Companies with a diverse workforce are more successful, happier, and more productive, but at Metron, this is more than an exercise in abstract problem-solving or cost-benefit analysis. People are at the heart of everything we do. We solve the toughest problems because we want to help people. As a fully employee-owned business, we also know that our community only thrives every member of that community is able to do so. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are a big part of that, and we are committed to helping build communities that are more just, more diverse and welcoming for all.
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