Global Diversity Essay

801 Words Mar 23rd, 2009 4 Pages
What exactly is diversity? Does diversity really impact a company enough to make them successful or a failure in corporate America? Through this paper you will find a clear understanding of what diversity is and what diversity means to Energizer Battery, a successful global manufacturing company.
“Diversity can be defined as characteristics or traits that differentiate a group of people from another. This can include race, gender, age, socio-economic status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and geographic location.” (Nickels, W.G., McHugh, J.M., & McHugh, S.M.) How exactly can diversity define a corporation? Being a diverse company it shows that the company is opened minded to ideas and people outside of their norm. For
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(Energizer Steering Committee)

So, how exactly can the age, race, or gender of a person impact a company? Here are a few examples. When Energizer was still a part of the Ralston Purina Company, most of the employees where in their 30’s or older and worked there for more than 10 years. This was hard to have new ideas created because the employees weren’t as open minded to change. When people hit a certain age or work in a department for a certain period of time, it is hard to change their mindset on how things should or could operate. Technology is a constant changing factor in any company. If a company cannot keep up with the current technology trends then there is risk that customers are not satisfied because the company cannot perform tasks that are being requested. There can also be many factors with race and gender. For many years race and gender have played a big role in companies. For example, there may be only white males in the Board of Directors for a company. Energizer was guilty of this at one point, however, there are now different races and genders in the Board of Directors for the company. This is beneficial because the Board can see things that maybe couldn’t be seen before.
How does Energizer inform their employees about diversity? Energizer has a Diversity Leadership Program Newsletter

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