We are committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. During the summer of 2020, 25% of the company at the time participated in a 10-week working group to develop long-term goals around diversity, equity, and inclusion for Tegus. In order to achieve these goals, we created interim objectives to keep us accountable and help measure our progress as a company. Since that time, we’ve improved engagement scores around inclusion and growth opportunities and increased the number and percentage of female and BIPOC employees.
In addition, we offer company-wide quarterly DEI sessions to support our employees in their own DEI journeys. We’ve partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Braven, Overcoming Racism, Robyn Ochs and Inside Out Incubator, among others, for these workshops and training sessions.
As part of our business, we offer contracted experts the opportunity to donate a portion of their honorarium to a non-profit organization selected by Tegus employees. In 2020 we donated over $20,000 to Black Lives Matter, Greater Chicago Food Depository, and American Red Cross. In 2021, we donated over $40,000 to Equal Justice Initiative, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Chicago, The Trevor Project and The Loveland Foundation.
- Braven: Braven is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower underrepresented college students to transition from college to strong first jobs, and seeks to close this talent gap by partnering with colleges and companies to equip underrepresented young people with the skills, networks, and experiences they need to succeed professionally. Tegus employees have the opportunity to volunteer as mock interviewers, Leadership Coaches, or Professional Mentors to first-generation or low-income college students to provide guidance in their job search and application process. In our first year, we had 22 employees volunteer with this organization!
- Asian American’s Advancing Justice: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity. In 2021 we partnered with AAAJ to offer bystander intervention training to Tegus employees. Nearly half of Tegus’ employees participated in this interactive training.