We all have something to say. Something to contribute. Ideas to help each other, our communities, our customers, and John Deere. That's why John Deere supports Employee Resource Groups (ERG). Located around the world, these groups bring together people with shared interests, addressing three key factors – business, career, and community.
Employee participation is voluntary. Those who are part of an Employee Resource Group find opportunities for professional and leadership development, project management, and exposure to senior leadership.
John Deere benefits, as well. Employee Resource Groups help drive innovation and creativity. They offer insight into concerns and issues facing a particular group. They improve our overall company performance. And they help ERG members feel more connected with our company and our businesses.
Current Employee Resource Groups at John Deere include:
Here's what some of our ERG members had to say about their experience:
- African American ERG
- Hispanic ERG
- Asian/Pacific Islander ERG
- Multi-Cultural Network ERG
- New and Experienced Organizational ERG
- WomenREACH ERG
- LGBT ERG
Business Analyst and former Chair of Quad City WomenREACH Employee Resource Group
"I started participating in the WomenREACH ERG to get to know people I wouldn't normally meet in my normal line of business, and to take advantage of the opportunities the Group offers. I do get the opportunity to hone in and develop a wide variety of skills: communication/networking, time/project management, and presentation/leadership skills. Besides, it's a fun group to be a part of."
Manager, Ag & Turf Engineering Development Program and Chair of African American Employee Resource Group
"I decided to participate with the African American ERG to connect with individuals from different functional areas as well as individuals that may have had similar experiences and backgrounds. The group has had a lot of success. The Mayor's Project has generated nearly $20 million in additional revenue for the company. Another budding success is the partnering of our group with Supplier Diversity, where the goal is to increase the amount of money John Deere spends with diverse suppliers. This is an industry best practice' where John Deere is ahead of the curve."
Supporting education, especially minority opportunities in education, is a focus at John Deere.
For example, we contribute to the Science, Engineering, Communication, Mathematics, and Enrichment (SECME). Developed for K-12 students, this national program encourages young people who are interested in science. We also support minority education and diversity initiatives at a number of colleges and universities.
The John Deere Advancing Diversity Award at Indiana University’s Kelly School of Business, for example, is presented to faculty and staff members who make significant contributions to diversity efforts.
John Deere provides support for programs such as Minorities in Agriculture, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE), and National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) at the national level.
So our support is broad. We help bring high-quality students – especially minorities – to the program. We help teachers develop and deliver engaging lesson plans that support inquiry-based learning. We help show how parents can inspire their students. And we help create strong business networks that can assist STEM programs. Our support is monetary as well as our time and expertise. John Deere Inspire is a global initiative at John Deere designed to inspire the next generations of innovators today.