Employee Resource Groups are a critical piece of an organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy. Here at Diversity Best Practices it is important to us to ensure that ERG leaders have the resources they need to support their ERG and to drive change at their organizations. To help you navigate the plethora of resources we have on our website, we have pulled out the most relevant and up to date resources and shared them here.
Jump directly to each section by clicking on the headings below.
- What is an ERG and why are they important?
- Awards, Recognition and ERG Live/Virtual Events
- The NALC Handbook, Heritage Month Resource Hubs, Wow Facts One-Pagers and Diversity Holidays
- Videos from past ERG Events and Web Seminars
- Solutions for Metrics, Measurement and Leadership Development
- Research Reports, Insight Papers, Hot Topics and other essential reading
- Additional Resources
We also created this handy video overview if you want to start there.
What is an ERG and why are they important?
The first employee resource groups were actually “Workplace Affinity Groups,” created in response to racial strife of the 1960s. Joseph Wilson, the celebrated former Xerox CEO, developed the concept following race riots in Rochester, NY in 1964. Wilson and his black employees designed and launched the National Black Employees Caucus in 1970 to address racial tension and the issue of workplace discrimination.
The traditional definition of an ERG is an “employer-recognized group of employees who share the concerns of a common race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation--characteristics protected in some instances by law and in many organizations as matter of company policy.” Although we use employee resource groups and/or ERGs to refer to these groups on this page, we should point out that organizations use many different names for them including business resource groups, employee networks and team member networks, just to name a few.
In the past 10 to 15 years, employee resource groups began to prove that they were also business assets by demonstrating their value in recruitment and retention, marketing, brand enhancement, training, and employee development. Top management of some companies began to view their ERGs as instrumental to the success of their businesses. This opinion is proliferating as corporations become more global and populations and workforces more diverse.
Awards, Recognition and ERG Events/Virtual Events
The NALC Handbook, Heritage Month Resource Hubs, Wow Facts One-Pagers and Diversity Holidays
Solutions for Metrics, Measurement and Leadership Development
Videos from past NALC Events and Web Seminars
- Develop Your ERG Leadership Skills at NALC East!
- Monica Diaz, ESPN Keynote NALC East June 2016
- NALC East 2017 Intersections of Inclusion Conversation with Lissa Young
- Conversation with Wade Davis, NFL and YSC and Michele Meyer-Shipp, Prudential
- Intersections of Inclusion Keynote: Wade Davis, June 2016
Below are the recordings from two recent web seminars that you might find of interest
Research Reports, Insight Papers, Hot Topics and other essential reading
Recent articles, research reports and other thought leadership from Diversity Best Practices and our partners
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