Diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity network | Insights groups | Diversity Connections Consortium | Supplier diversity | Recruitment and retention
The TI Diversity Network (TIDN) comprises the company's 29 grassroots diversity initiatives designed for women, gay, lesbian and transgender professionals; disabled employees; and those hailing from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. Each initiative has its own budget, meets on company time and is open to all employees.
These initiatives offer a forum in which to share ideas, discuss challenges, and develop educational or support programs. They also offer support for members' career development, community involvement, recognition and mentoring opportunities. Company-wide, the initiatives help with recruiting activities, Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, diversity fairs and leadership conferences. They also help grow business by translating product information into various languages, explaining cultural differences in doing business, and assisting with related training.
Additionally, TI provides employees of all faiths access to more than a dozen "serenity rooms" at various U.S. sites, which are used for prayer and personal reflection. The rooms are extremely important to our Muslim employee population and they help in recruiting and retaining talent.
In some business units, dedicated diversity teams collaborate with managers on specific challenges and opportunities.
TI Insights groups comprise highly regarded employees who are women and/or of African-American and Hispanic descent. Their purpose is to provide valuable insight about their respective experiences at TI and to make recommendations on how to further inclusion and progress.
Our Women's Insights group, for example, has given TI a better understanding of concerns specific to women, including how they seek career opportunities and make life choices differently than men. The group has also helped the company understand how the positioning of certain roles may cause women to opt out.
The groups also focus on core business issues, which help bring diverse voices and perspectives to TI's business direction and strategy.
Diversity Connections Consortium
In 2006, TI founded the Diversity Connections Consortium, a networking group of corporate diversity professionals who meet quarterly to share best practices.
With 12 original member companies– including IBM, First American, Intel, FedEx, Mary Kay Products, Lockheed Martin, Fluor Corporation and BNSF Railway – the consortium has since expanded to 55 companies worldwide, with members in Asia, Europe and Canada.
The consortium provides significant value, as members share ideas, address difficult contemporary issues, and discuss new approaches and best practices. This is helping to significantly evolve our respective inclusion programs.
TI provides procurement opportunities to certified minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs). We are a recognized leader in developing and fostering businesses owned by minorities and women.
Our objective in MWBE development is to enable such firms to qualify and successfully compete for our business. This facilitates growth and creates jobs, thereby strengthening the economy of the communities in which we operate. We also benefit from high-quality products and services.
Recruitment and retention
In the U.S., TI has a diversity-focused staffing organization and hosts targeted programs to attract and retain traditionally underrepresented women and minority candidates. Outside the U.S., recruitment programs are unique by country and region based on local needs.