Three years ago, Maximus embarked on a formal diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) journey with the goal of developing and integrating comprehensive and responsive DE&I principles in our work, our company culture, and the employee experience. When I look back at these past few years, I’m amazed by what we have accomplished in that time by working collaboratively and strategically. Last year, we released our first DE&I report and I am now pleased to share our second annual report, which highlights our recent achievements and looks intentionally at where we have opportunities to do more.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential components of who we are, and who we strive to be as a company. Consequently, one important focus of our DE&I journey has been supporting our employees. DE&I includes everyone, and we work diligently to create and sustain a fair, open, and inclusive workplace where our employees can be their authentic selves. We recognize that our differences and unique perspectives contribute to our business success and so we remain committed to continuous learning, improvement, and investment in our employees and our DE&I initiatives.
The 2023 DE&I report showcases some of our key accomplishments from the past 12 months, including:
- The expansion of our employee resource groups (ERGs), bringing our total to six.
- Year-over-year improvements in the DE&I measures in our annual global employee engagement survey.
- Increased attendance and participation in our signature DE&I initiatives, the First Friday networking event, and our monthly Community Conversations.
- The launch of our Greater Impact Experience, a premier collaborative with local universities and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
I’m proud to say that we have received national recognition for our efforts. In June, we announced that Maximus had been named to Forbes’ 2023 Best Employers for Diversity List and that we had climbed an impressive 207 spots to #13. We also ranked #13 on the BusinessBecause 25 Best Companies for Diversity and Inclusion list and #16 on the Washington Business Journal’s Women on Public Company Boards list.
While we have much to celebrate and we also acknowledge that we can continue to evolve and improve. We’ve intentionally added opportunities to collect meaningful data into our DE&I events, and we routinely engage with external DE&I experts and stakeholders to ensure we understand and implement the best industry practices. Most importantly, we listen to our employees and consider their feedback thoughtfully. We know there may be challenges ahead, but I am confident in our ability to maintain positive momentum as we continue to build an equitable and inclusive workplace for all.