Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), also known as Employee Resource Networks or affinity groups, are typically voluntary, employee-led diversity and inclusion initiatives that are supported by an employing organization. ERGs are “organized on the basis of common identities, interests, or backgrounds with the goal of supporting employees by providing opportunities to network and create a more inclusive workplace.” Essentially, an ERG is a collective of employees who share a common identity factor, background, or interest. While many organizations organize their ERGs around traditional demographic factors, such as race, gender identity, or ability, some other growing factors are caregiver status, environmental sustainability interest, career level, and military status. According to current data, 90 percent of all Fortune 500 companies currently utilize ERGs in some form.

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