Diversity & Inclusion
At Pearson we value the power of difference.
We believe we are at our best when we harness the unique skills, perspectives, and backgrounds of every employee to foster innovation and create the most effective solutions for learners around the world.
That’s why we’re committed to ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded in everything we do. We foster a work environment that is inclusive as well as diverse, where we reflect our customers and learners, and where our people can be themselves.
Our Diversity & Inclusion efforts are focused on three primary areas: our people, our culture, and our learners.
We seek to:
- Be broadly viewed as an inclusive employer of choice to attract the top talent.
- Build a culture of innovation and learning where every idea and perspective is valued and where we embed the principles of diversity & inclusion into all business processes & practices.
- Build closer relationships with our customers and learners by ensuring that our people and products reflect who we are and whom we serve.
- Contribute to the development of inclusive products, solutions, and services for our customers.
Employee Resource Groups
Pearson’s employee resource groups (ERGs) consist of self-selected colleagues across our business units and geographies who contribute to Pearson’s efforts to embed diversity and inclusion into all aspects of our business.
The purpose of a Pearson ERG is two-fold: to provide the employees who join them with opportunities for networking, increased engagement, professional development, and mentorship, and also to contribute to Pearson’s business objectives. All ERGs have clear missions, charters, and by-laws and are approved and facilitated by the Global D&I team.
Current ERGs at Pearson include:
- Pearson Able (Accessibility)
- Pearson Bold (Employees of African descent)
- Pearson Latino Network (Employees of Latino and/or Hispanic heritage)
- Pearson Parents (Parents and caregivers)
- Pearson Spectrum (LGBTQI & Allies)
- Pearson Veterans (Veterans & family of veterans)
- Women in Learning & Leadership (WILL)
Awards & Recognition
Pearson is the proud recipient of several awards that recognize our commitment to inclusion.
Corporate Equality Index (US)
For 3 consecutive years in the US, Pearson received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, making our company a designated Best Place To Work for LGBT colleagues and allies.
The CEI is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is the preeminent benchmark of organizational best practice on issues that impact the LGBT community. Pearson first participated on the CEI in 2006, earning only a 30% on the index that year. Over the intervening years, Pearson has worked diligently to become a best practice employer for LGBT colleagues, increasing its score to 75% in 2009, 90% in 2012, and 100% for the last three years. Pearson’s rating for 2017 will be released in November 2016.
Dave Thomas Foundation’s Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces
In the US, Pearson was awarded a spot on the Dave Thomas Foundation’s list of the Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplaces in 2014 & 2015. The Foun￼￼dation’s list measures benefits offered to adoptive families as well as workplace culture, and allowing for time for adoptive parent/employees to adjust S to their new families.
Pearson was honored on the 2016 list as #48 in the United States, and #1 in the education industry. We are proud that our application this year featured the stories of two of our adoptive families, one from WILL and one from Pearson Spectrum. Both employees who generously shared their stories are also members of the Pearson Parents community.
WorldatWork Alliance for Work-Life Progress Seal of Distinction
In 2015, Pearson was awarded the WorldatWork Work-Life Seal of Distinction, which recognizes employers who demonstrate leadership in creating a culture that supports employees at work and at home.
Recipient organizations are designated as “forward-thinking organizations that look beyond cultural, demographic and institutional boundaries to continually create new ways to enrich the lives of employees while achieving business goals.”
Iowa Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) Best Diversity Workplace Strategy
In 2015, the Iowa Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) selected Pearson as the recipient of its 2015 Workforce Award in the category of Best Diversity Work- place Strategy.
The CBJ partnered with Kirkwood Community College to present the region’s first Workforce Awards to companies that are ahead of the curve in creating and maintaining their workforce talent edge. The award reflects our strong diversity outreach programs and overall commitment to encouraging diversity within the workforce.
Download our summary of Diversity & Inclusion at Pearson (PDF)