My passport has a new stamp from Doha, Qatar, the host of the 4th annual United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Forum. For three days, representatives from nonprofits, social activist organizations, government and education gathered to discuss diversity and inclusion, intercultural dialogue and economic development.
To increase the partnership between society and corporations, the United Nations invited a handful of companies to join, including Intuit. This marked the first time for Intuit to participate in the forum, and I was proud to represent our nearly 8,000 employees around the world. I sat on a panel that discussed promoting intercultural dialogue, inclusion and diversity. One thing was clear: People from all sectors are ready to increase engagement and partnership with each other. Also encouraging: engagement is already happening as a few of us have already launched and are learning from new initiatives.
Intuit, for example, participates in the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign, in partnership with the U.N. Alliance and True Blue Inclusion. The effort began in 2001, when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. A year later, the U.N. General Assembly declared May 21 as World Day for Cultural Diversity.
Fast forward to 2011. A discussion among several Silicon Valley corporations, and representatives from True Blue and the U.N. led to a new initiative that would create a worldwide grass roots movement that would encourage people to commit and take action on World Day for Cultural Diversity.
Together, we communicated through social media and created materials to make it easy for organizations and individuals to get involved. The campaign engaged more than 40 multinational corporations, including Cisco, Intel and McAfee, reached more than 750,000 people and created a Facebook page seen by more than 65,000 people worldwide. Intuit also hosted a World Day for Cultural Diversity event, bringing together a panel to discuss the role diversity and inclusion plays in the world’s changing socio-economic and business landscape.
At the conference, I explained Intuit’s decision to help lead the “Do One Thing for Diversity and Inclusion” campaign. Simply put, we actively look for ways to celebrate and foster the rich diversity of our employees. Our 10 employee networks, for example, encourage everyone to bring their whole selves to work and get actively involved in the communities where we live and work. Our diversity and inclusion efforts enable us to truly live our Operating Values, create stronger and more successful global business leaders and remain focused on customer driven innovation.