Driving diversity across our industry.
Diversity and inclusion are important not just to Adobe — they’re also essential to the health of the tech and creative industries, and to the economy at large. That’s why we actively support our customers, suppliers, partners, and peers as they work to improve their own workplaces, policies, and practices.
Here’s how we’re joining forces with our customers, partners, vendors, and peers to drive broad progress:
We’re sharing our learnings with customers and partners.
We meet regularly with the leaders of our customers’ and partners’ companies to share best practices, and we hold roundtables and other events focused on improving diversity and inclusion at all our workplaces.
We’re investing in promoting diversity in the creative industry.
After conducting a study that revealed barriers to women and people of color in the creative industry across the U.S., we began working to help bring down those barriers. To empower diverse voices in creativity, we are providing support, training, and tools. Since 2015 Adobe has supported the Sundance Ignite program, to enable new voices and talent from the next generation of filmmakers with a year of mentorship and program opportunities. Building upon our partnership with the Sundance Institute, in 2020 we announced the inaugural Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellowship to help female filmmakers launch successful and sustainable careers. In 2017 we initiated the Adobe Creative Residency program to empower talented individuals to spend a year focused on a personal creative project, while sharing their experiences. At The 3% Conference in 2019, Adobe was honored as the first corporate brand certified by The 3% Movement for making meaningful strides towards gender equality across our in-house creative team. In 2020, we introduced the Design Circle scholarship for students across cultures, backgrounds and races, and entered into a partnership with Teach For America to bring more creativity and storytelling to educators and students in low-income communities.
We’re purchasing more goods and services from diverse suppliers.
In 2018, we began a concerted effort to use our purchasing power to promote diversity and inclusion. Our new Supplier Diversity program is helping us identify, partner with, and purchase from businesses that are certified as majority-owned and operated by women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities.
We’re participating in organizations dedicated to driving change.
We partner with a number of organizations to drive progress and exchange best practices. At the executive leadership level, our CEO, Shantanu Narayen, is part of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion to help move the business community forward. We work with MAKERS to inspire and accelerate opportunities for women across industries; and we are a founding member of Parity.org, which is committed to bringing gender and race/ethnicity parity to the highest levels of business. Building upon our partnership with Parity.org, we have signed the ParityPledge in Support of People of Color. We are taking an active role in increasing inclusion for people with disabilities through our recruiting partnerships with Project Hired and Disability:In, our pledge as a member of The Valuable 500, and our participation in the Disability Equality Index. We also participated in the the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index, the Working Mother Diversity Best Practices Inclusion Index, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index.
In addition, we’re working with a number of partners to help us build the tech industry pipeline and attract diverse candidates to Adobe.